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Officers elected by the Society for the Year 1900 . v 

Officers and Committees appointed by the Council . vi 

Address of the President ix 

Report of Proceedings ....... xxi 

Report of the Council . . . . . . xxiv 

Committee on the Library . . . . . . . xxvi 

Committee on Publications . . . . . . xxrii 

Committee on Papers and Essays ..... xxvii 

Committee on Memorials . . . . . . . xxviii 

Committee to Assist the Historiographer .... xxix 

Committee on Heraldry ....... xxix 

Committee on Finance xxix 

Committee on the Cabinet ....... xxx 

Report of the Librarian . . . . . . . xxxii 

List of Donors to the Library ...... xxxiv 

Report of the Corresponding Secretary . . . . xl 

Report of the Treasurer xlii 

Report of Trustees of the Kidder Fund . . . xlv 

Report of the Historiographer — Necrology for 1899 . xlvi 

Memoirs of Deceased Members xlriii 




•Rev. EDWARD GRIFFIN PORTER, A.M., of Dorchester, Massachusetts. 

Ftcc4tas fonts. 

JOHN' ELBRIDGE HUDSON", LL.B., of Boston, Massachusetts. 

Hon. JAMES PHINNEY BAXTER, A.M., of Portland, Maine. 

Hon. EZRA SCOLLAY STEARNS. A.M., of E. Rindge, New Hampshire. 

Hon. JAMES BARRETT, LL.D., of Rutland, Vermont. . 

Hon. OLNEY ARNOLD, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. 

Prof. EDWARD ELBRIDGE SALISBURY, LL.D., of New Haven, Conn. 

£rcorui'na; JSccretaro. 
GEORGE AUGUSTUS GORDON, A.M., of Somerville, Massachusetts. 

Corresponding Secretary. 

HENRY WINCHESTER CUNNINGHAM, A.B., of Boston, Massachusetts. 


BENJAMIN BARSTOW TORREY, of Hanover, Massachusetts. 


JOHN WARD DEAN, A.M., of Medford, Massachusetts. 

£fje Council. 


For /goo. 
WILLIAM TAGGARD PIPER, A.M., Ph.D., of Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
CHARLES EDWIN HURD, of Boston, Massachusetts. 
AARON SARGENT, of Somerville, Massachusetts. 

For /goo, /go/. 
NATHANIEL JOHNSON RUST, of Boston, Massachusetts. 
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN STEVENS, of Boston, Massachusetts. 
WALDO LINCOLN, A.B., of Worcester, Massachusetts. 

For /goo, /go/, /go2. 
CHARLES KNOWLES BOLTON, A.B., of Brookline, Massachusetts. 
CHARLES SIDNEY ENSIGN, LL.B., of Newton, Massachusetts. 
ANDREW FISKE, Ph.D., of Boston, Massachusetts. 
• Died February 5, 1900. 






Ctiitor of publications. 


Committee on jjinance. 

THE PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY, ex-officio, Chairman. 




AARON SARGENT Somerville. 

Committee on tfje Erttarg. 

CHARLES KNOWLES BOLTON, A.B., Chairman . . . Brookline. 

JOHN WARD DEAN, A.M., cx-otpcio Medford. 






Committee on publications. 




CM ":-LES KNOWLES BOLTON, A.B . . Brookline. 



Committee en papers anfc Cssaus. 


U-S.N., Chairman Brookline. 






Committee to Assist tfje ^(storiocftapfjer. 

Rev. SILVAXUS HAYWARD, A.M., C/w/maw .... Southbridge. 


Rev. ANSON TITUS Somerville. 





Committee on Cnrjli'sfj l\eseatefj. 

WILLIAM SUMNER APPLETON, A.M., Chairman . . Boston. 





Committee on tfjc Cabinet. 

MYLES STANDISH, A.M., M.D., Chairman Boston. 



Miss ?^L\RY CUMMINGS S.AWYER ........ Wellesiey Hills. 

Mrs. IDA FARR MILLER Wakefield. 

Committee on fHemoriate. 

Rev. HENRY FITCH JENKS, A.M., Editor Canton. 

Rev. HENRY ALLEN HAZEN, D.D Auburndale. 




Committee on Jijcralotg. 

HENRY ERNEST WOODS, Chairman Boston. 



Committee on £olls of fHemfrcrsfjip. 





I>~ entering upon the fifty-sixth year of this Society, we are for- 
cibly reminded of its age, its growth, its specific function, its wide 
influence and the honorable service it has rendered to the cause of 
historical research not in Xew England only but throughout the 
country. "Were there time at my disposal I would gladly review 
these fruitful years and call your attention to some of the evidences 
of the Society's usefulness during the long period of its existence ; 
but as we have not yet reached the end of the centurY — according 
to the best authorities — we can safely defer such reflections a little 

The year, however, which has just past is deserving of a moment's 
consideration at our hands. When the time shall come to study it 
in its proper perspective, it will doubtless furnish the writers of its 
history many suggestive les-sons in the progressive development of 
the world's civilization. To many of us it has seemed a year of 
violent contrasts, of strange contradictions: — Efforts made for 
universal peace obscured by the ravages of war ; homage paid to 
the principle of arbitration discredited by a fatal readiness to resort 
to force ; a sincere desire to alleviate human misery joined with 
measures which entail frightful suffering and make havoc of all 
considerations of humanity ; a popular demand for administrative 
economy followed by the extravagant expenditure of funds ; the 
two leading nations of the earth, representing liberal ideas of 
government, failing to conciliate distant races, with whom they each 
have a controversy, and thus seeming to play the part of the op- 
pressor — America longing to help the poor islanders of the East 
whom the fortunes of war brought under her authority, yet for 
want of skill at the proper time, unable to convince them of her 
benevolent intentions ; and England with her long experience in the 
antipodes, with her trained diplomats and her gallant generals com- 
pletely batlled and humiliated in the presence of a despised foe ! 
2 . 


This is a great puzzle to us and a great sorrow ; and it has dealt 
a staggering blow to the pride of the Anglo Saxon race. It may 
be that such an experience of our weakness and folly has become 
necessary to purify the streams of national life and to prepare the 
way for a better leadership among the nations. I cannot for a 
moment believe that with our grand inheritance from the past and 
with all our resources in character, thrift, enlightenment, racial 
vigor and moral purpose we are to regard the untoward and contra- 
dictory events of 1899 as anything more than a temporary and per- 
haps needed set-back to our otherwise steady advancement along the 
pathway of prosperity at home and fraternal relations abroad. 

In our own country we are still exercised about national and inter- 
national questions, although it must be said that the state depart- 
ment, through its efficient secretary, has achieved a notable and 
beneficent victory in bringing the powers into line on the "open- 
door " policy in China. That peaceful and brilliant achievement may 
yet be worth to us all that the disasters of the year have cost. 1 
will not pause to contemplate our bright commercial prospects : the 
increase of our manufactures, the unprecedented output of our mines, 
the magnificent cereal crop, the great increase in exports, the ample 
rewards of labor, the spread of the trolley and the arrival of the 
automobile. Nor can I do more than remind you of the continual 
enrichment of our institutions of learning, art and charity ; the in- 
terest shown in social clubs and patriotic organizations ; and the 
phenomenal growth of public libraries, especially in the smaller 
towns of Xew England — a sign of great promise which we cannot 
fail to note. All these considerations touch our sphere as observers 
of current events, and they are by no means foreign to our legiti- 
mate work as collectors of the materials of history. 

I must allude, in passing, to the recent meeting in this city of the 
American Historical Association, with which some of you are con- 
nected. It is a large body, now in its fifteenth year, with head- 
quarters in Washington and some affiliation with the government, and 
having a present membership of fourteen hundred. Of the sixteen 
papers read here only two or three could be called technically his- 
torical, the others dealing with political, educational or economic 
problems. In all these fields the Association seeks to promote 
original investigation. You are doubtless familiar with its creditable 
work already in progress through the Historical Manuscripts Com- 


mission. It also has a Committee on Colonies and Dependeneies, a 
Public Archives Commission and a Committee to prepare a mono- 
graphic history of the United States. Its large quarterly Review 
and the annual volume of its proceedings are admirable products of 
American scholarship. 

That our Society has had its full share in the activities of the year 
is shown by several facts which I take pleasure in communicating. 

1. Our rooms have been used by a larger number than ever of 
persons desiring access to our literary treasures. The tables in the 
hall above have often been thronged as much as those of a down-town 
restaurant at the dinner hour, though I am happy to say without 
any confusion or serious infringement of the rules enforcing 
silence. Frequently as many as sixty or more have been counted in 
a single day, and a fair estimate of the visits for the year would be 
at least fifteen thousand ! "What would the founders say to this ? 
The generous policy of allowing persons not members of the Society 
to use its privileges has, I believe, greatly extended its work and in- 
creased the number of its friends and supporters. Thanks are often 
expressed and letters written in acknowledgment of the courtesy 
thus extended. It is gratifying also to know that those who repre- 
sent us in the admiuistration of the library, and indeed of all depart- 
ments of the Society's work, are always ready to answer inquiries 
and to assist any one to find the books, manuscripts and writing 
materials which may be needed. Last year 1,457 visitors — about 
one tenth only of the whole number — registered their names, of 
whom 1,151 were from New England. Xew York had S2> Penn- 
sylvania 31, Ohio 25, Illinois 34, Minnesota 12 and Utah 11; be- 
sides representatives from almost every other State, Canada and 
various foreign countries. 

2. A larger number of gentlemen — eighty-two — have been added 
to our roll than ever before, with the exception of the two years 
1SG9-1870, when many subscribers to the fund for the purchase of 
this building were jointly elected. In 1898, the number enrolled 
was fifty-eight ; in 1897, sixty ; in 189G, seventy-one. Ladies 
were for the first time admitted to membership in 1898 by special 
act of the legislature, and as many of their names had been entered 
in the candidate's book for two or three years in anticipation of the 
event, there were forty who joined Jn 1898. Last year the number 


of ladies received was eleven. Our total membership is now nine 
hundred and twenty-six, besides the Honorary and Correspond in ** 
members, of whom none have been elected during the last two 

3. The year now past has brought additional funds to our treas- 
ury from three different sources, viz : the membership fees, the sale 
of our publications, and the bequest of the late George Plumer 
Smith, a merchant of Philadelphia, of New England descent, who 
took a sincere interest in our work and who usually visited our rooms 
when he came to Boston. It was not unusual for him, when send- 
ing his annual subscription, to add a small Xew Year's gift — five or 
6ix dollars, perhaps — for the Register fund. A sketch of his life 
has been prepared by our historiographer. The treasurer ac- 
knowledges the receipt, from the estate, of $9,570.00 out of the 
$10,000.00 mentioned in the will. This is the largest sum ever 
given us by one individual. We have had indeed very few gifts in 
all our history, and the Society is to-day far from being able to keep 
up its proper literature or bind its valuable pamphlets, manuscripts 
and worn-out books. It has as yet a very incomplete catalogue of 
its own library, and no adequate fund for the publication of the 
Register or the Memorial Biographies or the annual Proceedings. 
It is recommended to the Council that of this last bequest the sum 
of $5,000.00 be set apart, and known as the George Plumer Smith 
Fund, for the purchase of books for the Society's library, each buok 
thus obtained to bear the donor's name on a suitable plate inscrip- 
tion. Our two small funds for binding — the Barstow Fund and the 
Thomas Crane Fund — perpetuate those names by a similar inscrip- 
tion placed in each volume thus bound, and stating the important 
facts concerning the persons tu whom we are indebted for the fund. 
Our associate member, Mr. Albert Crane of Stamford, Conn., tells 
me that it is his purpose to strengthen the fund which he has already 
established in memory of his father. Every such gift enables us tc 
bring our pamphlets out of obscurity and convert them into vol- 
umes properly catalogued and easily handled. Whoever provides 
for this will receive the thanks of generations yet to come. 

Speaking of the Philadelphia bequest, I would appeal to all *»ur 
members throughout the country to bear in mind, when making their 
wills, the increasing wants of this Society, the cost of its appliance."*, 
the value of its productions and the need of endowments in order 



that it may continue to represent in a generous manner the important 
purposes for which it exists. 

Probably few cf you have thought that our worthy treasurer, Mr. 
Torrey — who presents his report in print at this meeting — enters 
to-day upon his thirtieth year of continuous service as collector, cus- 
todian and disburser of the Society's funds, for which he has re- 
ceived no remuneration other than the increasing esteem and respect 
of all who know him. This is certainly an occasion for us to ex- 
press our appreciation of an officer whose ability, integrity, modesty 
and unfailing courtesy have contributed so much to the necessary 
forces that make our work here easy and pleasant. 

The Society has always taken just pride in its unique quarterly 
publication — The JVetc- England Historical and Genealogical 
Register — fifty-three solid volumes of which are now complete. 
We can never be sufficiently srrateful either to the sagacious and far- 
seeing men who founded this great work, or to the unfailing suc- 
cession of learned and laborious scholars in our fellowship who have 
edited and enriched these precious volumes. More and more the 
full set is in demand as our country grows, and calls with increasing 
eagerness for just such information as is found here and nowhere 
else. Our great historical, municipal and state libraries put them 
in the highest rank of such literature, and with good reason, for 
they contain such ample stores of erudition concerning the fathers of 
New England and their descendants, that no one would now think 
of writing a town, church or family history without a careful exami- 
nation of the Register. When my classmate, the late Henry W. 
Foote, was writing the History of King's Chapel, he found so many 
important helps in the Register that he went through every vol- 
ume with extraordinary patience in order that he might not lose a 
single fact touching his work. This required an outlay in time 
which few writers would attempt to give. Had an Index been ready 
it would have saved him many weeks of hunting. When we think 
what such a man's time is worth — and yours is worth just as much — 
how can we grudge the paltry sum necessary to complete this part 
of our work? 

In order that the contents of the first fifty volumes may become 
available, it is absolutely necessary to have a consolidated Index. 
The preparation of such an Index has been confided to an able 
committee, with Mr. Hassam as chairman, and they have already 


made commendable progress. The response to their circular of two 
years ago — which may be found in each issue of the Register — 
asking for the sum of $3,000.00, was prompt and encouraging. 
$1,803.50 were received in various sums from all parts of the 
country — from Maine to Texas. This has enabled them to make a 
good beginning. Xo less than 850,000 cards have been written, 
punched, tied and placed in 2 GO boxes. From fifteen to twenty 
persons have been employed at different times. The Index is to he 
of the approved three fold character. Those of persons and of 
places are nearly done. The smaller one of subjects is not yet 
touched. As an average volume of the Register contains at lea?t 
12,000 individual names, our Index-makers have to handle no less 
than 600,000 names of persons, besides 200,000 of families and 
about 150,000 of places! 

The Committee now need another thousand dollars that they may 
speedily bring the w r ork into shape for printing. Delay only in- 
creases the cost. Will not the friends and patrons of a work so 
imperatively needed now rally to its aid and give our honored and 
venerable editor, Mr. Dean, whose hand has done more than any 
other to make the Register what it is, the great satisfaction of 
seeing his long row of volumes made available ? By his encyclope- 
dic learning and his ever-facile pen, he has put us all in his debt 
these many many years. Viewed as a thank-offering to him, this 
remaining sum of a thousand dollars for the preparation of the 
Index is but a small recognition of his inestimable services to thi« 
Society for nearly the whole period of its existence. I call upon 
our members, near and far, to come forward and subscribe without 
waiting for any further solicitation, and hasten the conclusion ot 
this Index. AVe can put on a large force and finish it at once, 
if you will only furnish the means. The sooner we get it printed. 
the sooner we shall get our money back. 

This leads me to give expression to a feeling which is often heard 
in these rooms, that the Register should be more generally sup- 
ported by the members of the Society. Are you aware that less than 
one-fifth of our associates subscribe for it? I am persuaded that 
this is owing not to pecuniary inability, nor to any want of interest 
in the work, but simply to a lack of knowledge in regard to it- 
Some persons might say that they are already overcrowded vritli 
magazines ; but I beg of you, ladies and gentlemen, never to com- 



pare our Register with your popular magazines. It is no rival to 
any of them, simply because it has its own well-defined and fruitful 
field quite apart from theirs. You will not find it at the news- 
stands, any more than you would find there the " Book of Posses- 
sions," or Bradford's Journal, or Savage's Dictionary. Membership 
in this Society presupposes a taste for historic lore, for original re- 
search, for critical and patient authorship in the broad domain of 
£ our Xew England life. The Register offers you all this in abund- 

J ance, and there is no other periodical that does. It costs $3.00 a 

year. Among the subscribers are 124 libraries and learned socie- 
ties. Seventy-two copies are sent in exchange for the publications 
g of other societies. Nine-hundred copies were printed last year. 

The demand for back numbers is steadily increasing. Some of them 
have become very scarce, and now command as much as fifty or 
| sixty dollars each. By its extensive circulation the Register 

\ makes us the best known society of the kind in the United States ; 

X and if our members would more generally subscribe for it, either 

(for themselves or for some public library, we should have a publica- 
tion fund that would make this branch of our work self-supporting. 
One department of the Register is devoted to book-reviews ; and 
these, though necessarily brief, are considered of such value that 
authors and publishers are glad to send us their works — in our special 
field — for editorial notice. Such books find a permanent place on 
our shelves and are consulted by a large number of readers. The 
gain to the Library from this source alone would justify the main- 
tenance of the Register. These book-notices are also collected by 
themselves with occasional " Xotes and Announcements," and issued 

I as a small quarterly publication, called The JYeic- England BUj- 

liopolist, at 25 cents a year. Eight numbers, covering two years, 
make a thin volume ; and we have already ten such volumes bound 
and in constant use. 

For the past seventeen years the pages of the Register have been 

* enriched by a valuable series of contributions, entitled Genealogical 

Gleanings in England, by our esteemed associate, Henry F. 
AVaters, A.M. These papers bear directly upon our work and are 
the result of the most intelligent and painstaking investigation of 
>vilLs and other original documents in the mother country relating to 
American families. These gleanings have been re-arranged for a 
book edition and cast by themselves, making three volumes of over 




500 pages each, which we hope soon to see published with a good 
index now in progress under Mr. Hassam's efficient direction. The 
Society is much indebted to Mr. William S. Appleton, chairman of 
the Committee on English Research, for his successful efforts, con- 
tinued through many years, in obtaining the funds necessary for the 
prosecution of this important work, I know I express the wish of 
all our members when I say that we earnestly hope that he and Mr. 
Waters may be encouraged to continue an undertaking which has 
brought such credit to them both. The wealth of genealogical 
material in England is inexhaustible. Mr. Waters has unearthed a 
vast amount of information. His brilliant discoveries concerning the 
Washingtons and John Harvard, to say nothing of many others, 
entitle him to our lasting gratitude. 

These gleanings of Mr. Waters are really a supplement to Savage's 
Genealogical Dictionary. If the Society had followed the advice 
given it many years ago and kept an interleaved copy of Savage on 
hand for corrections and additions, we should now be in a position to 
publish an entirely new edition of Savage, which would be of the 
greatest value. The fact is we have long since outgrown Savage. 


He did remarkably well in his time and far better than any of his 
predecessors, but he worked under great disadvantages and has un- 
wittingly circulated many errors. He was obliged to rely upon the 
accuracy of his correspondents who often got things sadly mixed 
taking e.g. fathers for sons and sons for fathers. Indeed there are 
few families in the whole work that are correctly given throughout. 
It seems to me that we ought at once to get a set of Savage — 
although the price has risen from ten to eighty dollars — have it inter- 
leaved and placed here for annotations, under the charge of a proper 
editor who should go through all the genealogies published since 
and make the necessary corrections. It is not too late to begin the 
work. Many genealogists would give U3 their voluntary aid. "\\ c 
now have materials that Savage knew nothing of, and they are wait- 
ing to be used in the interest of historical truth. As Savage sup- 
planted Farmer, this Society could now supplant Savage. We could 
not render a greater service to the cause of family history in America 
than by taking the matter in hand. It will need a special fund. 
Who will authorize us to make a beginning? 

. In view of the widely different methods used by the writers anu 
publishers of genealogies I would suggest that our Society nug i 


render a valuable serviee by proposing to establish a uniform system 
- — one that shall be simple and clear and acceptable to all. A com- 
mittee could be appointed by us to confer with similar committees to 
be appointed by the ten or twelve other Societies that publish genea- 
logical matter. Many of the systems now in use are clumsy and un- 
intelligible. The one used by our own Society has serious faults. 
I venture to hope that by a united effort something satisfactory and 
permanent may be accomplished in this direction. 

It may not be known to all of you that there are about four times 
as many books on family history published now as there were ten 
years ago. Many of them are sumptuous and costly, and of great 
interest to the numerous branches of a widely-extended house. 
During the last year we have received The Cleveland Family, in 
£, three large volumes, given by one of the compilers, our associate, Mr. 

Edmund Janes Cleveland of Hartford. This work contains 2,894 
pages, of which 388 are given to the indexes of persons, ancestries 
and places. 

Dr. Robert C. Moon has given us The Morris Family of PJiila- 
delphia, in three large volumes, with copious indexes. This family 
has numerous representatives in New England. 

We have also received a privately printed Genealogy of the San- 

iborn Family in England and America (1194-1S9S), by Victor 
C. Sanborn of La Grange, 111. ; and The English Emersons, by 
P. II. Emerson, M.B., B.A., of Lowestoft — an illustrated volume 
published in London in 1898. 
§,. Our archives have been honored by the gift of Tlie Pickering 

Genealogy, in six oblong folio volumes of Ancestry Tables, in 
manuscript sheets mounted on linen and securely bound, and accom- 
panied by a smaller index volume. This is the largest and costliest 
work of the kind in our whole collection. It is generously given by 
our associate, Charles Pickering Bowditch, Esq., of Jamaica Plain. 
The execution of it was entrusted to Mr. Harrison Ellery, once a 
member of this Society. 
^. "We have a fair collection of duplicate genealogies and local his- 
tories. These are very useful to lend to our members ; also to take 
the place of the regular copies when the latter are out for rebinding, 
and ultimately to replace them when they are worn out — a con- 
tingency which occurs much more frequently than is commonly 
supposed. The day cannot be very far off when some of these con- 


etantly-handled books will be completely used up in our literarv 
workshop. Therefore members should see that the Society has at 
least two copies of each of their publications. 

Our record book of loans shows that the average entries for twenty 
years, from 1873 to 1893, covered about 5 J pages per year, while 
for the next six years, 1893 to 1899, they required 12 pages per 
year. This proves that our book loans have more than doubled since 
we enlarged our building and secured the requisite space for arrang- 
ing duplicates by themselves. 

Dependent as we are upon the generosity of our friends, may I not 
ask you all to secure for us, whenever you can, not only town, 
church and family histories, but also that lar^e and miscellaneous 
local literature which is the product of special occasions and which is 
apt to be soon lost and forgotten." Such fugitive memorials have an 
acknowledged value here, and should be sent to us as soon as they 
appear, to make sure of their safety. I allude to town reports and 
records; biographies, private memoirs and monographs ; the publi- 
cations of historical, patriotic, religious, literary and charitable socie- 
ties and clubs — even their constitutions and by-laws and lists of 
members; church manuals, sermons and pastoral letters : anniver- 
sary programs and addresses ; photographs of historical monuments 
and tablets, statues and busts ; obituary notices and items of his- 
torical and genealogical interest that appear in local journals. 

Three recent manuscript gifts deserve to be noticed : (1) A bound 
copy of the Genealogical Records of the Town of Jefferson, 
Maine, from Harold L. Bond of Maiden; (2) a copy of the Re- 
cords of Xorlhboro\ Mass., including those of the town, the church 
and the- cemetery, by Gilman Bigelow Howe; (3) a copy of the 
Records of Canterbury, X. II., given by Miss Susan Blanchard 
Kidder of Boston. 

Of the new books presented during the year I would mention The 
History of Northampton , in two volumes, by James Kussell 
Trumbull, who spent twenty years upon the work and died last 
July; flie History of Durham, Maine, by Everett S. Stackpole, 
D.D., of Augusta; The Old Records of the Town of Fitchbury, 
in two volumes ; volume V. of Tlie Dedham Records ; Wethers- 
field {Conn.) Inscriptions, from the compiler, Edward Swcetscr 
Tillotson ; Lexington Births, Marriages and Deaths ; the 2Sth 
Report of the Boston Record Commissioners', Suffolk Deeds, 


Lib. X. ; The JPepperrell Papers, being vol. X of the Collections 
of the Massachusetts Historical Society; The Dutch and Quaker 
Colonies in Jimcrica, by John Fiskc, 2 vols. : Tetters and 7?e- 
collections of John Jfurra*/ Forbes, by his daughter, Mrs. Sarah 
Forbes Hughes; The Puriian as a Colonist and Reformer, by 
our associate, Dr. Byington. 

From the report of your Committee on Graveyard Inscriptions, 
presented at this meeting, you will be glad to learn that a correspon- 
dence has been opened by their indefatigable Secretary, Mr. John J. 
May, with all the towns in the State, and that returns are already 
coming in from a considerable number, while from others we have 
the promise of future help. A very wide interest in the subject is 
beincr awakened in manv of the towns, resulting incidentallv in 
plans for the improvement ot some of the neglected cemeteries, and 
developing a feeling of local pride in the matter, which promises 
much for the success of our undertaking. 

There is good reason to believe that in some cases patriotic socie- 
ties, women's clubs and interested individuals will be ready to lend 
us their voluntary aid. It is not proposed to print the inscriptions, 
but to collect them in uniform manuscript size — that of large letter- 
paper with a margin of an inch all around for binding. These 
valuable folios would be of great service to writers engaged in 
orinrinal research, as thev would contain a verv lar^re number of 
names with dates, facts, etc., constituting some of the indispensable 
materials of correct local history. "When we remember that many of 
our older stones have disappeared altogether and that many of the 
existing inscriptions are rapidly being obliterated, I think we must 
all feel the necessity of sustaining this Committee in the arduous 
task entrusted to their hands. For their encouragement and yours, 
I will add that the State Historical Societies of Maine and Xew 
Hampshire have asked me to address them upon this subject, with 
the expectation that they will soon follow our example and secure 
similar results in their respective States. I have no doubt that we 
shall find Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island ready to join us, 
and that eventually we shall have a fairly complete collection of all 
the existing inscriptions in Xew England. 

During the last year the Bostonian Society has arranged, in the 
East room of the Old State House, under the careful direction of our 
associate, Mr. Bent, the valuable collection of the late Jeremiah 


Colburn left by his widow. This bequest represents the life-Ion^ 
studies and rare taste of one who for many years frequented those 
rooms and cooperated with us in the various functions of this Socictv. 
His genial face and courteous manner we shall not soon forget. 

The collection consists of about 300 volumes of standard and rare 
historical and numismatic works, some of which are annotated and illus- 
trated by his own hand. The most unique and interesting part of all is 
the collection of engraved portraits, commissions, original letters and 
autographs of distinguished persons from 1G30 to the present day, in- 
cluding magistrates, ministers, merchants, judges, artists, printers, 
Revolutionary leaders, officers of the Army and Navy, the Con- 
gresses of 1778 to 1787, and all the Presidents from Washington to 
Grant, constituting an illustrated National Biography of about 5000 
pieces, securely bound in a series of folios, and placed -within the 
reach of inquiring visitors. v A complete catalogue is being prepared 
by our associate, Mr. Marvin. Such a group of choice historical 
materials would alone make any library famous ; and in future years 
we may be sure that students will resort to the Bostonian Society to 
examine these artistic and patriotic treasures, which, we are glad to 
know, will perpetuate the memory of a worthy and honored citizen 
of Boston, 


fe-ericaa h* 

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Tile Annual Meeting of the Xety-Exglaxd Historic Gene- 
alogical Society was held in the Wilder Hall of the Society's 
House, Xo. 18 Somerset street, Boston, on Wednesday, January 
10, 1900, at 2.30 o'clock in the afternoon, the President, the l\ev. 
Edward Griffin Porter, A.M., in the chair. 

The Annual Reports were read, accepted, and ordered on file, 
namely : 

Report of the Council. 

Report of the Treasurer. 

Report of the Corresponding Secretary. 

Report of the Historiographer. 

Report of the Librarian. 

Report of the Trustees of the Kidder Fund. 

The report of the Committee on Nominations for candidates for 
officers of the Society and three members of the Council was then 
presented by the Chairman of the Committee, Capt. Albert 
Alonzo Folsom, and accepted, and thereupon the Society proceeded 
to ballot, agreeable to Art. i, Chap. iv. of the By-laws, the polls 
bein^ ordered open till half past three o'clock. The Chair appointed 
-Messrs. Geo. R. \Y. Scott, S. S. Blaxchard and Wm. C. 
WlXSLOW, tellers, who reported that the following candidates had 
been elected, and their election was declared, namely : 

Ret. Edward Griffin Porter, A.M., of Dorchester, Massachusetts. 

. Vice-Presidents. 
John Elbridge Hudson, LL.B., of Boston, Massachusetts. - 
Hon. James Phixxet Baxter, A.M., of Portland, Maine. 
Hon. Ezra Scollav Stkarns, A.M., of Concord. New Hampshire. 
Hon. James Barrett, LYL.D., of Rutland. Vermont. 
Hon, Olney Arnold, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. 
Prof. Edward Elbridge Salisbury, LL.D., of Xew Haven, Conn. 

Recording Secretary. 
George Augustus Gordon, A.M., of Somerville, Massachusetts. 

Corresponding Secretary. 
Henry Wlnch ester Cunningham, A.B., of Boston, Massachusetts. 


Benjamin Bakstow Torrey, of Hanover, Massachusetts. 

John Ward Dean, A.M., of Medfprd, Massachusetts. 

For Councillors for the Term 1900, 1901, 1902. 
Charles Knowles Bolton. A.B., of Brookline, Massachusetts. 
Charles Sidney Ensign, LL.B., of Xewton, Massachusetts. 
Andrew Fiske, Ph.D., of Boston, Massachusetts. 

Charles Sidney Ensign, LL.B., from the Special Committee on 
the history of the first and, hitherto, only ballot box in use by this 
Society, presented a report which was read, accepted and ordered 
on file. 

On motion, it was 

Volnd-. That a Standing Committee of two be appointed by the President 
to seek through the co-operation of similar committees from other societies 
publishing genealogical matter the more general adoption of some plan of 
arrangement of genealogies by the compilers and publishers of family 
histories in America. 

The President appointed 

"Waldo Lincoln, A.B., of "Worcester, Mass. 
Theodore Studley Lazell, A.B., of Boston, Mass. 

On motion of Rev. Geo. M. Adams, D.D., it was 
Voted: That the thanks of the Society be presented to Albert Harrison 
Iloyt, A.M., for his prolonged and faithful service to the Society, in various 
offices, for the past thirty years ; al>o to Caleb Benjamin Till'mghast, A.M., 
George Sumner Mann, Esq., and Henry Winchester Cunningham, A.B., 
who now complete their term of service as members of the Council. The 
Society congratulates them on the prosperous condition which it has at- 
tained in the years of their administration. 

On motion of Rev. \Vm. Copley Winslow, D.D., it was 
Voted'. That the New-England Historic Genealogical Society tenders to 
Benjamin Barstow Torrey, E-q., a life member since 18 G4, who has just 
entered upon the thirtieth year of active service as its Treasurer, its deep 
appreciation of Ids invaluable services, of his unfailing courtesy, his 
faithful devotion to his duties and his great ability in his financial trust 
both to securely keep and increase the funds in his care. 

That the Society heartily thanks Mr. Torrey for his long and acceptable 
services thus specified, and that due record of this vote be made. 

A committee consisting of 

Charles Cowley, LL.D., of Lowell, 
William Copley Wins low, D.D., of Boston, 
William Tagcard Piper, Ph.D., of Cambridge, 
Myron Sumner Dudley, A.M., of Boston, 
Caleb Benjamin Tillixghast, A.M., of Boston, 
was appointed to consider the ordinary vote to print the proceedings 
and accompanying papers of this meeting, the publication ol the 



Towne Memorial Biographies and the biographical sketches of 
deceased members in the Xew-England Historical and Genealogical 
Register, with instructions to report at the stated meeting in 

The meeting then dissolved. 

Attest: Geo. A. Gordon, 

Recording Secretary. 

•This committee reported at the meeting 14 February, 1900, as follows, which was 
accepted and adopted : 

The Committee of Five, appointed by this Society on the 10th 
January, to consider what changes, if any, should be made in the 
publication of the Towne Memorial Biographies, the biographical 
sketches of deceased members in the Historical and Genealogical 
Register, and the sketches of deceased members in the report of the 
annual meeting, have attended to the duty assigned them, and re- 
spectfully report the following recommendations, viz. : — 

First. — That there be no further delay in the publication of ad- 
ditional volumes of the Towne Memorial Biographies, in consequence 
of the non-receipt of sketches of members who have been deceased 
more than ten years. 

Second. — That the memoirs of honorary and corresponding mem- 
bers should be brief, not exceeding, as a general rule, one or two pages. 

Third. — That the memoirs of resident members, of whom extensive 
biographies have already been published, should also be brief, giving 
references to the best biographies already printed. 

Fourth. — That the memoirs of resident members in the Towne 
Memorial Biographies should not exceed as a rule five pages in length. 

Fifth. — That the Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Society, 
with brief memoirs of such members as have died during the year, 
be printed as a supplement to the Xew-England Historical and Gen- 
ealogical Register, and that a copy of said Supplement be sent to 
every member of the Society, free of charge ; provided that the first 
of said Supplements shall contain sketches of the members who have 
died during the last two years. 


Charles Cowley. 
William Taggard Piper. 
Committee y -i >Vm. C Winslow. 
Myron S. Dudley. 



Presented by George Sumner Mann of Brookxtxe. 

The Council of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society 
herewith submits the annual report of its Standing Committee, and 
in doing so congratulates the Society that its deliberations during 
the year 1S99 have been ^rmonious, and its meetings well attended. 
The accompanying reports of the various committees will show what 
progress has been made in their departments during the year just 
closed. The good work accomplished by the Library and Cabinet 
committees, with the limited funds at their disposal, will, no doubt, 
be highly appreciated by the Society. 

On retirement of Ex-Gov. Clanin, a year since, who served us 
most acceptably as president, our Society was very fortunate in se- 
curing a gentleman to take his place in the person of the Rev. Edward 
Griffin Porter, A. M., whose ability, literary acumen and energy 
is infusing renewed interest and life into our deliberations. 

The year which has just ended has been a phenomenal one in 
many respects. After a long period of depression throughout the 
commercial world, it has been a year of great business activity, 
especially in our own country. With the acquisition of the Spanish 
possessions in the West Indies and the Philippine Islands with their 
millions of inhabitants so foreign in language and ideas to our own 
people, together with the recent growth of the Latin and other races 
here so far in excess of our sturdy Puritan stock of Xew England, 
is it not somewhat problematical what will be the effect in the near 
future on our present mode of government unless this and other 
kindred societies renew their efforts to educate and enlighten 
the people who are increasing here yearly by millions ? It is to be 
regretted that nations, in this enlightened age, should resort to war 
to settle difficulties which ought to be left to arbitration. It must 
be apparent to all interested in our Society, that it is doing a great 
work, especially in Xew England, and the influence it is exerting 
is almost incalculable. Founded in the year eighteen hundred and 
forty-four by only a few gentlemen, it has grown, so that now the 
Society has a membership of about one thousand, some of whom 
have a national reputation. Xinety-three new members have been 
added the past year, a larger number than in previous years. A 
little effort by each interested member may increase still more the 

i \ > * * -*" 

roll of membership the coming year. The services and interest in 
the Society manifested by Sir. Greenlaw, the efficient Assistant 
Librarian, are fully appreciated. 

The Society is wise in its policy of liberality — in allowing the 
free use of its large library to the public, and in doing this, our 
Society would greatly appreciate any gifts or legacies. We are in 
need of funds for the reminding of books, and the purchase of others 
to take the place of those badly worn by constant use. 

One pressing need of the Society is for more room. Our build- 
ing is filled from basement to attic with books, pamphlets and 
curios, and too overcrowded in all departments, and the Society 
would act wisely if it would appoint a special committee to 
investigate this matter. It should be bor~3 in mind that our present 
building is well located, convenient to the State, County and City 
records. It is important that the Society, in some way, furnish 
larger and more acceptable quarters for the valuable historical 
matter now beincr catalogued and arranged for future use. 

Funds for the above objects, of course, will have to be obtained, 
and no doubt they will be forthcoming when the generous public 
fully understand our needs. The Society is exceedingly grateful for 
gifts and bequests already bestowed, but more are greatly needed. 
We want more funds to purchase genealogies and town histories 
already in print, also money to purchase more English works than 
we now possess. It is to be regretted that the work on English 
Research has been compelled to stop for lack of funds. Formerly 
this branch of literature printed in the Register added much to its 

The indexing of the volumes of the Register has been in progress 
for the past two years, or more, and the chairman of the committee 
in charge, Mr. John T. Hassam, appeared before one of our re- 
cent Council meetings and gave us a clear and full account of 
the progress of this vast undertaking. Most of the funds for this 
work thu3 far have been contributed by the generosity of friends. 
A little more aid in this direction will soon see this work completed, 
and when finished will naturally enhance the value of the Register 
Library. It will be a crowning success in the half century career 
of its editor. As an officer of our society remarks, "The standard 
of the Register must be maintained, and successive volumes must 
be devoted, as have been the past, to the preservation of New 
England family history. Hardly a family among us, going back 
to the Colonial days, but has large portions of its history spread 
upon the pages of the Register." 

The Committee on Memorials maKe a wise suggestion, it seems to 
nie, that the future Memorial Volumes should partake of the char- 
acter of a biographical dictionary of members, rather than elaborate 
life sketches. ' 



The Society the past year has held its regular stated meetings, 
and addresses from scholars have been delivered upon various sub- 
jects, which ought to be printed and preserved in the archives of die 

And now as we are about at the end of the nineteenth centurv, 
let us, with renewed devotion to our honored Society, make it a 
power for good, that it may inure to the benefit of future generations. 

The Co^dhttee on the Library, through its Chairman, Henry 
Winchester Cunningham, A.B., reported that it had attended to the 
limited duties prescribed to it by the By-Laws of the Society and 
the Rules of the Council, and had assisted the Librarian in the 
management of the Library. It has cooperated with the Committee 
on the Cabinet in sorting and arranging the contents of the drawers 
in the safe, and everything that was found there that seemed to be 
of use to the Library has been made much more available for the 
use of students. This work can be completed early next year pro- 
vided it is deemed sufficient to index or catalogue bundles, of papers 
under the names of donors or of one general subject, and not to 
catalogue each separate letter or paper or make an index of the 
names referred to in each. This work has been done by Mr. Parke 
under the immediate direction of the Assistant Librarian, jlr. 
Greenlaw. All the municipal documents in Room 1 have been 
overhauled and arranged and all the historical pamphlets relating to 
Massachusetts towns have been separated from the other documents 
and put in alphabetical order, and the most useful of them can be 
bound at any time. 

A large number of the books in most active use in the Library 
had become badly shaken and have been strongly rebound in can- 
vas, as a large appropriation was made early in the year by the 
Society from the accumulated income of the Bond Fund, and a large 
portion of this appropriation still remains to be drawn upon during 
the coming year. 

As there was no part of the general income which the Council 
felt at liberty to give this Committee for the purchase of books, we 
were obliged to confine ourselves to the income of the Russell and 
Sever Funds, amounting to about $320.00, which is not much more 
than the amount necessary to pay for the American and English 
historical magazines and Parish Registers to which we are regular 
subscribers and of which we have very complete sets. In past 
years we have been allowed to spend for new books the money 
received from the sale of duplicates, but this has been practically 
nothing during the past year. 


What the Library most needs at the present time is money to be 
used in buying American genealogies and New England town his- 
tories, all of which ought to be on our shelves and many of them 
cannot be obtained in any other way than by purchase. 

The Committee on Publications, through its Chairman, Caleb 
Benjamin Tillinghast, A.M., reported that the committee had caused 
four quarterly numbers of the Register to be published during 
the year, and also the report of the proceedings of the Society at 
its annual meeting in Januarv. Owin^ to the illness of the histori- 
ographer, and in accordance with a vote of the Society, the bio- 
graphical notices of deceased members were omitted. A careful 
revision has been made of the list of publications to which the 
Register is sent as an exchange. The committee wouk] renew the 
suggestion made in its last report that an effort be made to raise a 
fund, the income of which should be sufficient to make the Regis- 
ter self-sustaining. 

The Committee on Papers and Essays, through its Secretary, 
Charles Edwin Hurd, reported that at the January meeting of the 
Society, Capt. Frederick Stanhope Hill, of Cambridge, read an 
entertaining paper descriptive of a three months' sojourn in the 
Philippines, under the title of " A Yankee in the Track of Magellan/' 

At the February meeting, Mr. Charles S. Ensign, of Xewton, 
read a paper entitled "God's Acre Humorisms." It awoke a gen- 
eral discussion on the importance of preserving the old and decaying 
gravestones in churchyards of Xew England, which was followed 
by the appointment of a committee to consider means for their 

At the March meeting a paper was read by Prof. Samuel E. 
Warren of Xewton. The subject was "Things Xew and Old: 
From My Library Scrap-book." The paper was based on clippings 
from old Boston newspapers, some of which were particularly inter- 
esting as read in the light of to-day. 

Mr. Frederick W. Clark of Brookline, who was to have read 
the paper at the April meeting, was suddenly called away, and in 
his place Mr. Charles K. Bolton, Librarian of the Boston Athe- 
nrcum, read a paper from the pen of Prof. J. L. Ewell, of Howard 
University, Washington, D. C, on "The History of the Early 
English Settlement in Massachusetts Bay of the Old English of 
Rowley, England, where many Xew England Settlers were Born." 

At the May meeting, for the first time in its history, the Society 
was addressed by a woman, Mrs. Anna D. Hallowell, of West 


Medford. Her subject was "The Life and Works of Lydia Maria 
Child.*' She. spoke of some of the special trials and experiences 
of Mrs. Child, and read in illustration extracts from her writings. 

At the June meeting a paper was read by Hon. Newton Talbot. 
His subject was " William Colborn, One of the Founders of Hus- 
ton : His Public Services, His Landed Possessions, How They 
Were Divided, with some Account of the Abutting Estates.*' Wil- 
liam Colborn was an ancestor of the essayist on the maternal side, 
seven generations ago, and in his day a most influential citizen of 

At the October meeting Mr. Charles S. Ensign read a continua- 
tion of a former paper under the title of ff Churchyard Literature." 

At the November meeting a paper was read by Lorin Lowe 
Dame, of West Medford, on "The Middlesex Canal." The history 
of the canal was traced in detail from its opening in 1803 until its 
discontinuation in 1846. 

At the December meeting a paper was read by Mr. Thomas 
Weston, of Newton, who reviewed in a most interesting manner 
the life and services of "' Governor Bradford." The origin of the 
famous civd compact was carefully considered, the credit of the 
authorship being given to Bradford instead of Brewster. The 
speaker showed that by his ability, his great virtue, his shrewd 
knowledge of men, sense of right and justice, Bradford, during the 
thirty-three years of his administration was the leading and guiding 
force of the colony. 

The Committee on Memorials, through its Chairman, Rev. 
Henry Fitch Jenks, A.M., reported some progress in the work 
assigned it. As stated last year, there are not enough completed 
memoirs on hand to make another volume, but the committee 
proposes to ask the immediate completion of such as have been 
assigned and accepted, with the hope that enough may be received 
within the next few months to justify beginning a new volume. 

The committee finds that there are many persons, who would 
naturally come into the next volume, of whom no memoir beyond 
what has already appeared in the Register can be procured. In 
Buch cases it seems to it best simply to reprint what has been already 
published there. 

It is the committee's opinion that long and elaborate memorials 
of men whose connection with the Society was but slight, even 
though it conferred honor upon it, should not be sought, but that 
these memorial volumes should rather partake of the character of a 
biographical dictionary of members concerning whom it might be 
difficult to find information elsewhere. 


If tins view approves itself to the Society it may be possible to 
make more rapid progress with the preparation of the next and sub- 
sequent volumes. 

TnE Committee to assist the Historiographer, through its 
Chairman, Rev. Silvanus Hayward, A.M., reported that sketches 
have been, furnished as follows: — By Mr. William R. Cutter, on 
Elbridge D. Allen, Edward H. Williams, John Cummings and 
Leonard Thompson; by Rev. C. H. Pope, on Lyman C. Draper; 
by Rev. William S. Hey wood, on Charles A. Hewins and Franklin 
King; and by the Chairman, on William E. Gladstone and John 
N. Denison. Other sketches are in hand by different members 
of the committee, some of which will probably be presented before 
the first of January. 

The Committee ox Heraldry, through its Chairman, Henry 
Ernest Woods, stated that it had nothing in particular to report ex- 
cepting a gratifying commendation, both at home and abroad, of its 
position in the matter of heraldry, as embodied in its report of last 
year, which has been printed for distribution to inquirers, and 
which appeared in the ( ' Xew-England Historical and Genealogical 
Register" for October, 1899. As an example of its reception in 
England, the following is from an acknowledgment of the October 
"Register," to Mr. Dean, written by J. Paul Rylands, Esq., 
F.S.A., Honorary Secretary of the Harleian Society : " I am par- 
ticularly pleased with the prominence given to the Report of the 
Committee on Heraldry on page 399 : you are doing in Boston 
what some of us in England are doing, and I hope the results in 
America will be as encouraging as they are here." 

The Committee ox Finance, through its Chairman pro tem- 
pore, William Tracy Eustis, reported that the Treasurer is custodian 
of all the funds belonging to the Society, and its receipts and all 
payments are made by him upon duly approved vouchers from the 
Finance Committee. His report i3 herewith returned with a detailed 
schedule of the payments and receipts. The legacy of $10,000 
from the late George Plumer Smith of Philadelphia, received in 
April of this year, is the largest ever given to the Society. The 
claim alluded to in last year's report was compromised for a very 
small amount ($340.00) leaving a net amount of $9,570 received 
by the Society from the executors of Mr. Smith's will. 

The investments have been increased the present year $11,172.18. 


The Committee ox the Cabinet, through its chairman, Mvles 
Standish, A.M., M.D., reported that very satisfactory progress hud 
been made during the past year in arranging and cataloguing the 
manuscripts in the drawers of the sate. The Council placed at the 
disposal of the librarian and the Committee on the Cabinet the sum 
of one hundred and fifty dollars. This sum was expended by 
employing Mr. Frederic Willard Parke, who had previously shown 
a special adaptability for this work. Mr. Greenlaw has also given 
a generous share of his time in forwarding this important undertak- 
ing. The work began in May and was continued six months, until 
the appropriation was all expended. During this time all the 
manuscript genealogies in the safe were catalogued, excepting those 
found while making the re-arrangements herein afterwards referred 
to. These manuscript genealogies catalogued fill six drawers. All 
of the materials for memorial biographies have been arranged alpha- 
betically, and those relating to members deceased in 1864-66, such, 
viz., as will be required for the next volume, have been indexed. 
The memorial biographies fill four drawers. 

After cataloguing the genealogies and arranging the memorial 
biographies — which occupied about half of the time which could be 
covered by the appropriation — it was plain that the remainder of the 
appropriation would suffice for properly cataloguing only a portion of 
the material still left, and it was decided that the contents of the 
other drawers should be rendered immediately available in a general 
way by arranging them in classes, and placing the matter in each 
class alphabetically, removing from the safe altogether whatever was 
more appropriate for other parts of the building. The remainder of 
the appropriation was expended in this classification. By doing this 
much space has been rescued, as thirty-nine drawers only are filled 
with the classified materials, leaving twenty-three empty. In doing 
this work there was discovered a considerable amount of material 
valuable only for exhibition in the cabinet. These articles, as well 
as a large number of plans and maps which were discovered, have as 
yet been neither classified nor catalogued. 

The time required for cataloguing the genealogies was about a 
month and a half, and about a month's work waa devoted to the 
memorial biographies ; the rest of the six months was given to the 
classification of the remaining drawers. 

Some of the manuscripts and documents which have been re- 
arranged as above described are of great value; others are of com- 
paratively slight worth ; it will therefore be a matter of judgment on 
the part of the cataloguer as to the treatment to be demanded by 
each paper in continuing the catalogue. 

This year's work is the continuation of that begun in 1897, with 
an appropriation of one hundred and fifty dollars, and carried on the 
following year by means of an appropriation of two hundred dollars. 


The results thus far have been entirely satisfactory. Certain classes 
of manuscripts are now frequently used by the public which before 
were known only to a few ;. and the incomplete catalogue in so far 
as it has been extended, has answered all the demands made upon it. 
The Committee urge that another appropriation be made the 
coming year, which would in all probability finish the work, and 
they desire to congratulate the Society that the end of this very im- 
portant undertaking is in sight. 


Pbese>ted by Joels "WArd Dejlx, A.M. 

Thk accessions to the Library and the Cabinet of the Society 
during the year 1899 have been as follows : 

Volumes, by gift 289 

" ** exchange 54 

" " purchase, Russell Fund . . 45 

Sever Fund . . 41 
Kidder Fund . . 1 87 

Total number of volumes . - - . . 430 

Pamphlets, by gift 1,355 

" " exchange 28 

" " purchase, Russell Fund . 20 

" Sever Fund ... 7 27 

Total number of pamphlets . . . 1,410 
Miscellaneous articles 114 

Whole number of accessions . . . 1,954 

After deducting the number of duplicate town reports withdrawn 
during the year and adding the accessions of the year we have for 
the estimated size of the Library 2G,805 volumes and 23,G33 pam- 

Through the courtesy of the State Librarian, Caleb Benjamin 
Tillinghast, A.M., the Society has received annually for a period 
of five years a large number of Massachusetts municipal reports. 
Such of these as were not duplicates have been incorporated with 
our own collection of town reports by a young man employed for 
that purpose, during the past summer, at the expense of a mem- 
ber of the library- staff. At the same time the local pamphlets of a 
historical nature were withdrawn for binding, leaving this collection, 
when the work was completed, purely municipal and in perfect alpha- 
betical order, with space to accommodate the natural increase for 
several years. As was suggested in the report of the Librarian 
last year, we propose to bind the historical pamphlets thus with- 
drawn in volumes by towns and put them in their proper places 
with the local history in the reference library. 


Our visitor's register for the year shows about the usual number 
of strangers making their first visit to our rooms. Of these nearly 
four-fifths were residents of Massachusetts. New York is the next 
highest on the list with Maine, New Hampshire, Illinois, Pennsyl- 
vania, Connecticut, Ohio, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and 
Minnesota following in the order named. Nearly every state in the 
Union has been represented by visitors, as well as Canada, England, 
Ireland and the Hawaiian Islands. 

The special work of making available the manuscripts in the fire- 
proof vault has been continued this year under the direction of the 
Librarian with the cooperation of the Committee on Cabinet whose 
report will contain a detailed account of the present condition of the 
work. It is desirable to complete this undertaking early in 1900 
so that other important .parts of our collections may be arranged 
and catalogued. 

It will be noticed that fewer books have been purchased than 
usual. The Committee on the Library has been limited practically 
to the income of the Russell and Sever funds, which is inadequate to 
meet the needs of the Library. The number of family and local 
histories issued is steadily increasing year by year, and there is a 
marked tendency towards higher prices for this kind of books. The 
Register, which has been of incalculable value to the Library in 
the past, is now taxed to almost fifteen per cent, of its entire space 
for notices of publications presented to the Society. If the Library 
of this Society is to maintain its present high rank as a genealogical 
library, it will be necessary to have a larger annual sum for the 
purchase of books. It has ever been the practice of this Society 
to honor the names of its benefactors, and your Librarian earnestly 
recommends that the Society devote one-half of the annual income 
of the George Plumcr Smith Fund to the purchase of appropriate 
books and pamphlets, each of which shall be marked with a memo- 
rial bookplate similar to those used for the other funds. 


United States > 
Bureau of Education. 
Bureau of Ethnology. 
Coa*t and Geodetic Survey. 
Commissioner of Education. 
Smithsonian Institution. 


Boston * 
Hartford, Conn. 

Name a. 

New York. 

Antiquarian Society 

Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions 

American Ant 

American Historical Association 
Amherst College 
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachus 
Andover Theological Seminary 
Biographical Review Publi=hing Company 
Boston City Hospital .... 
Boston Public Library 
Boston Transcript Company 
Boston University 

Boston Young Men's Christian Union 
Bostonian Societv 
Bowdoin Collie Library 
Bridgewater Historical Society . 
Brockton Public Library 
Brown University 
Buffalo Hi'toriciif Society 
Banker Hill Monument Association 
Caledonian Comr any 
California State Library 
Cambridge Public Library 
Chauncy-Hall school . 
Chicago Historical Society 
Children's Hospital 

Colby College 

Colonial Societv of Pennsylvania 
Coucrd Free Public Library 
Connecticut Historical Society . 
Connecticut Quarterly 
Cornell University Library 
Fliot Historical society . 
Endecott Press .... 
Essex Antiquarian .... 
Essex Institute .... 
FairruouDt College .... 
Fairmount Park Art Association 
Field Columbian Museum 
Fogg ilemorial Library 
Forbes Library .... 
French Protestant Church . 
Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania 

Groton School 

Harvard Club 

Harvard University 

Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio 


• All places are In Massachusetts unless otherwise specified 


Washington, D. C 

Brunswick, Me. 
Providence, R. I. 
Buffalo, >\ Y. 

St. Johnsbary, Vt. 
Sacramento, CaL 
Chicago, III. 

Waterville, Me. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 
Hartford, Conn. 
Hartford, Conn. 
Ithaca. N. Y. 
Eliot, Me. 

Wichita, Kan. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 
Chicago. 111. 
South Weymouth. 
Charleston, S. C. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

New York, N. Y. 
Cincinnati, O. 





Historical and Scientific Society of Manitoba 
Historical Society of Pennsylvania 
Houghton, MirSin and Company 
Husruenot Society of Charleston . 
Industrial Aid Society 
Ipswich Historical Society 

B. F. Johnson Publishing Company . 
Kansas State Historical Society . 
Charles E. Lauriat Company 
Lawrence Academy 

C. F. Libbie and Company . 
Little, Brown and Company . 
Long Island Historical Society . 
Maine Historical Society 
Manchester Historic Association 
Maryland Historical Society . 

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy 

Massachusetts Free t'ublic Library Commission .... 

Massachusetts Historical Society 

Massachusetts Grand Lodge A. F. and A.jM 

Massachusetts Horticultural Society 

Massachusetts Medical society 

Massachusetts Society of May'rlower Descendants 

Massachusetts State Library' ■ . 

Missouri Historical Society". 

Joel Munsell and Sons 

Maseum of Fine Arts . 

National Society Sons of the American Revolution .... 

Nebraska Historical Society 

New England Society in the Citv of New York 

New York Genealogical and Biographical society 

New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations . 

New York School of Applied Design for Women 

New York State Historian 

New York State Library 

Newberry Library +, 

Northwestern University . 

Nova Scotia Historical Society 

Nova Scotian Institute of Science 

Numismatic aad Antiquarian Society of Montreal .... 
Ohio Wesleyan University 

Old Colony Historical Society 

"Old Northwest" Genealogical Society 

Ontario Department of Agriculture 

Ontario Historical Society 

Oxford University Press, American Branch . 

Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames 

Pennsylvania society of t:;e sons of the Revolution . 
Perkins In^titutiou and .Massachusetts School for the Blind 

Pbiliip* Exeter Academy 

Princeton University 

Providence Record Commissioners 

Providence Public Library 

Rhode Island Historical Society 

Roxbury Latin School 

Royal Historical Society 

Royal Society of Canada 

Salem Public Library 

Sampson, Murdoch and Company ........ 

Shropshire Parish Register society 

Society of Antiquaries . .......... 

Society of the son* ot the Revolution in the District of Columbia . 
Society of Colonial Wars in the Cornrnonweath of Massachusetts 
Society of Colonial Wars in tiie District of Columbia 
Society of the Sons of the Revolution in the Commonwealth of Massa- 

Society of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York 

Soldiers' Home 

Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society 

Southbridge Historical society 

Southern Historical Society 

Southern Railway Company 

State Historical >ocutv of Wisconsin 

Suffolk County, Massachusetts 

Surrey Archaeological societv 

Texas State Historical society 

Top-field Historical society 

Tuft? College. 

United States Military Academy . 

University" Club 

University of Pennsylvania, 


"Winnipeg, Can. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

Charleston, S. C. 
Richmond, Va. 
Topeka, Kan. 

Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Portland, Me. 
Manchester, X 
Baltimore, lid 
St. Louis, Mo. 
Albany, N. Y. 

Lincoln, Neb. 
New York, N. Y. 
New York, N. Y. 
New York, N. Y. 
New York, X. Y. 
New York, N. Y. 
Albany, N. Y. 
Chicago, 111. 
Evanston, 111. 
Halifax, N. S. 
Halifax, N. S. 
Montreal, Can. 
Delaware, O. 
Columbus, 0. 
Toronto, Can. 
Toronto, Can 
New York, X 
Philadelphia, Pa. 
Exeter, X. H. 
Princeton, X. J. 
Providence, R. I. 
Providence, R. I. 
Providence, R. I. 
London, Eng. 
Ottawa, Can. 
Oswestry, Eng. 
London, Eng. 



Wasiiington, D. C 


New York, N. Y. 
Taunton. Eng. 
Richmond, Va. 
Washington, D. C. 
Madison, Wis. 

Guilford, Eng. 

Austin, Texas. 



West Point, X. Y. 

New York, N. Y. 

Philadelphia, Pa. 



Unlver«itv of the State of Missouri . 
University of the St.-tte ofXew York • 
Vermont Bible Society 
Vermont State Library . 
Virginia Historical Society . 
Washington ami Lee University . 
Washington State Historical Society 
Western Reserve Historical Society 
We«tborouph Historical Society 
William and Marr College . 
Woburn i'ub'.ic Library 
Worcester Society of Antiquity . 
Wyoming Historical and Geological Societ 
Yale University . 

Charles Francis Adams, LL.D. . 

William Sumner Appleton, A.M. . 

George Washington Armstrong 

Rer. Samuel Collins Beane, D.D. . 

Mrs. Nancy Jt-wett (Wilder) Bigelow 

Francis Everett Blake 

Arthur Thomas Bond . 

Charles Pickering Bowditch, A.M. 

George Ernest Bowman, A.B. . 

Herbert Gerrv Briggs, A.B. . 

Willard Irving Tyler Brigham . 

David Henrv Kronn, A.B. 

Rev. William Henry Brooks, D.D. 

Kufus George Frederick Candage 

Kev. Charles Carroll Carpenter, A.M 

George Lovell Cary, L.H.D. . 

George Walter Chamberlain, B.S. 

Jona< Gilman Clark 

George Kuhn Clarke, EL.B. 

Edmund Janes Cleveland 

Edwin Siinford Crandon 

Abram Edmands Cutter . 

Gen. Charles William Darling . 

John Ward Dean. A.M. . 

Hon. Jo-iah Hayden Drummond, LT. _ 

Kev. Arthur We'ntworih Hamilton Eaton 

Walter Ela, M.D 

Charles Darwin Elliot 

William Tracv Eustis . 

Edwa-d Franklin Everett, A.M. . 

Miss Mittie Belcher Fairbauks . 

Henry Flanders. A.M. . 

Capt. Albert Alonzo Folsom 

Jolin Davis Williams French, A.B. 

FrancH Henry Fuller . 

Fraik Au?u-tine Gardner, M.D. . 

Julius Gay, A.M 

Jarnt-s Jui. iu< Goodwin . 
George Augustus Gordon, A.M. 
Hon. Samuel Abbott Green, M.D., LT 
Mrs. Lucy Hall Greenlaw . 
William I'rescott Greenlaw . 
Rev. Edward Everett Hale, D.D. 
Georg.- Warren Hammond . 
John Tyler H.issam. A.M. . 
Nathan Mortimer Hawkes 
Rev. Charles Wells Have-, D.D. 
Kev. William Sweetzer Hey wood. 
Don Glea-on llill.LL.B. . 

Thomas Hills 

William Sanford Hi!!* . 

Charles Jeremy Hoaiily, LL.D. . 

Gilrnan Bigel Av Howe 

John French Johnson 

Bradford Kingman 

Mis? Emily Wilier Leavitt . 

Wilford Jacob Litchfield . 

Arthur (ire«-iie Loring . . . 

Kev. Delrnar Rial Lowell, D.D. . 

Charles Edward Mann . 

Alfred Small Man-on . 

William Theopliiluf Rogers Marvin, A.M 

Frederick James Hamilton Merrill, Fh.D 

Rev. Charles Langdun Mitchell, A.M 

Tyler Seymour Morris . 


Columbia, Mo. 
Albany, N. Y. 
Montpelier, Vt. 
Montpelier, Vt. 
Richmond, Va. 
Lexington. Va. 
Tacoma, Wash. 
Cleveland, O. 
Williamsburg, Va. 
Wilkes Barre, Pa. 
New Haven, Conn. 











Chicago, 111. 

West 3Iedford. 




Meadville, Pa. 




Hartford, Conn. 



Utica. N. Y. 


Portland. Me. 

New York, N. Y. 











Farmington, Conn. 

Hartford, Conn. 









Phelps, N. 





Hartford, Conn. 







Rutland, Vt. 




Albany, N\ Y. 


Chicago, 111. 

ia, Pa. 




John Graham Moseley .... 
Joseph James Muskett 
Sereuo Dwight Nieker>on. A.M. . 
James Atkins Noyes, Fh.B. 
Nathaniel Paine . . . . 
William Phillimore Watts Phillimore, 31 

Alfred Poore 

Her. Edward Griffin Forter, A.M. . 

i'.ben Putnam 

Mrs. Anna Margaret Riley . 
Isaac Gilbert Bobbins 
James Swift Rogers, A.B. . 

Daniel Kollins 

John Paul Rylands, F.S.A. 
Franklin Benjamin Sanborn, A.B. 
Victor (."banning Sanborn . 
Hon. George Sheldon 
Kev. Edmund Farwell Slafter, D.D. 
William Gardner J«pear . 
Charles Byron Spotford 
Francis William Sprague 
Rev. Carlton Albert sTacles 
William Cleave-; Todd, A.B. . 
William Blake Trask, A.M. 
John Harvey Treat, A.M. 
'Charles Hosmer Waicott, A.B. . 
Theron Augustus Derby Wales, M.D. 
Rev. Edwin Sawyer Walker, A.M. . 
Samuel Edward Warren, C.E. 
Walter Kendall Watkins . 
John Wenzel, LL.B. 
Edward Wheelwright, A.M. 
William Henry Wuitmore, A.M. . 
non. Joseph Williamson, Litt.D. 
Frank Ernest Woodward 

Mrs. Charles L. Alden 
James W. Allen . 
Charles L. Andrews .... 
H. Franklin Andrews .... 
Gen. Francis Henry Appleton, LL.B. 
Howard Payson Arnold, A.B. 
Elroy ilcKe'ndree Averv, Ph.D. 
Rev. SethJon-s Axtelh LL.D. . 
WiLliam Plumb Bacon, A.M. 

Ernest X. Bagg 

"Virginia Baker 

Thomas Willin? Balch.A.B. . 

Fsek Meero Ballord .... 

Theodore Melvin Banta .... 

Henry Barnard. LL.D. 

Robert Merry Barnard .... 

Frank G. Bassett . . 

Albert Millnian Batchellor, A.M. . 

Frank Amasa Bates .... 

Albert Clayton Beckwkh 

Stephen Beers Bennett 

Stephen Berry 

Frank Eugene Be=t .... 
Col. Theodore A. Bingham 

Luke Blanchard 

Mrs. Charles Knowles Bolton, A.B. . 

Harold L. Bond 

Henry P. Boss 

John Herbert Bunce .... 

Clarence SI. Burton . 

Rev. Augunine Caldwell . 

Col. Lutiier Caldwell . . . . 

Gen. Henry B. Carrington, LL.D. . 

J. Henry Cartland 

Stth H. Cladbourne .... 
Charles Henry Chandler, A.B. 
Gen. Jonathan Prince Cilley, A.B. . 
Edward A. Claypool . 
Mrs. Charles r'arieton Coffin 

Mrs. > annuel (Jolt 

Mrs. Kate Morris Cone 

Maj. Charlea Austin Coolidge, U.S.A. . 

'filbert Cope 

Marry Thomas Cory, M.M.E., M.C.E. . 




Stoke Xewington, Eng. 
London, Eng. 
Claremont, N. H. 

Birkenhead, Eng. 
La Grange, 111. 

Claremont, N. H. 
Atkinson, N. H. 
Eimira, X. Y. 
Springtield, 111. 
Belfast, Me. 

Troy, N. Y. 
Augusta, Me. 
Exira, la. 
Cleveland, O. 
Kalamazoo, Mich. 
New Britain, Conn. 
Warren, R. I. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 
Davenport, la. 
New York, N. Y. 
Hartford, Conn. 

Seymour, Conn. 
Littleton, X. H. 
South Braintree. 
Elkhorn, Wis. 
Pittston, Pa. 
Portland, 3Ie. 
Chicago, III. 
Washington, D. C. 
West Acton. 
Chicago, 111. 
Detroit, 3Iich. 
Eliot, 3Ie. 
Hyde Park. 
Peinaquid, 3fe. 
Ripon, Wis. 
Rockland, .Me. 
Chicago, 111. 

Hartford, Conn. 
Hartford, Vt. 
Fort Sheridan, III, 
We«t Chester, Pa. 
Columbia, 31o. 

XX XT 111 


Mrs. Philip Sidney Couron . 
Rev. John HosmerCox . 
Samuel Walley Creech, Jr. 
John Dorland Cremer . 
Ernest Howard Crosby 
Hon. John James Currier 
Charles It. Curtis . 
Mi*s Sara Whittemore Dagjett 
Andrew McKarland Davis, S.B. 
Edwin Augustus Davis, LL.B. 
Walter A. Davis . 
Mrs. Anna I.avinia Davison . 
Mrs. >a-2a Whitney Dimock 
Reuben Kaw-on Dodge . 
Hon. Rufus B., Jr. . 
Granville Melien Donham 
Henry S. Dotterer, M.D. 
George Francis Dow 
Henrv R. Drowne . 
Rev- J. A. Dunbar-Dunbar, M.A 
Wilberforce Eames, A. M. . 
William >:arr Easton 
Arthur Blake Ellis, LL.B. . 
IVter Henry Emerson, M.B., B 
Henry Evans 

Henry G. Fay .... 
W. Farrund Felch 
Mr*. Morri* Patrerson Ferris 
Mrs. Clementina Fessenden 
Philip Ad.-it Ffsher . 
William Isaac Fletcher, M.A. 
Mrs. John Murray Forbes 
Worthington Chauncey Ford 
George W. Fox 
Waller H. French 
Edward Alexander Fry . 
Newton Fuller 
Arthur E. Gage 
Thomas Allen Glenn . 
Arthur Hastings Grant . 
Mrs. H. ?. Griswold 
Kev. Samuel I.aukton Gcrould, 
Edwin M. Hills . 
Albert Henry Hinds 
Hon. Robert C. Mine . 
Austin H olden. M.D. 
31rs. Ellen Dunbp Hopkins 
Miss Marian T. Hosmer . 
Lewi? Richard Hovey . 
Hon. Daniel Wait Hbwe 
Cap:. II. U". Howe 
Mr?. Marv Sevmour Howell . 
David WetMt-r Hoyt, A.M. 
Frederick Huraphrevs, M.D. . 
Edward \V. James ' . 
.Mr. Frank Johnson . 
Mrs. Frank Johnson . 
Henry 1". Johnson . 
William EHh .lones 
John IV. Jordan 
Al!*:un P. Joyce . 
Del:. Randolph Keim 
Mi-s Susan Blanchard Kidder 
Rev. Ju-:in Perkins Kellogg, A.M 
Daniel Kent, A.B. 
E. A. Kimball . 
Gu«:avu« Franklin Kimball 
Thomas W. Lane 
J. Murray Lawson 
Hon. William Law Learned, LL 
Charles N. Leete . 
Wiiliarn Keed Lewis 
Jame* Mil. or Lincoln . 
Joseph L. I'. Lord . 
Watson Loud. M.D. . 
Rev. Claire F. Luther . 
Edward Webster McGlenen 
Ellen (i..te< March . 
E. A. Markli.un. M.D. . 
Mr-. M. c. Marsh:Jl 
H. B. Martin .... 


Ventnor, Isle of Wight. 

Washington, D. C. 
Rhinebeek, X. Y. 
New York, N. Y. 
Harriman, Tenn. 

South Coventry, Conn. 
Portland, Me. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 
New York, N. Y. 
South Kensington, Eng. 
New York, NT Y. 
St. Paul, .Minn. 
San Francisco, Cal. 
Lowestoft, En?. 
New York, X. Y. 
Hartford, Coun. 
Dobbs Ferry, N. Y. 
Hamilton, Can. 
San Francisco, Cal. 

Washington, D. C. 
Birmingham, Eng. 
New London, Conn. 
Ardmore, Pa. 
Montclair. X. J. 
Bangor, Me. 
Hollis, N. H. 
Portland, Me. 
St. Paul, Minn. 
New York, N. Y. 
North Woburn. 

Indianapolis, Ind. 
Albany, N. Y. 
Providence, R. I. 
New York, N. Y. 
Richmond, Ya. 
Washington, D. C. 
Washington, D. C 
Richmond, Va. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 
Reading, Pa. 

Geneva, Switzerland. 
Topeka, Kan. 
Manchester, X. H. 
Yarmouth, N. S. 
Aloany, X. Y. 
Bedford, Eng. 
New York, X. Y. 
New York, X. Y. 
Romeo. Mich. 
Mystic, Conn. 
Baltimore, Md. 
Durham, Conn. 






Tlenrv A. May .... 
Robert C. Moon, M.D. . 
David F. More .... 
Kcv. Nathan J. Morrison, LL.D. 
Elizabeth ClirTord Xeff . 
Mrs. Benjamin I. Xesmith . 
James SaiTbrd Norton, M.D. . 
Rev. Jos<-ph Ogle . 
Charles M. Packard . 
Charles suruner Parsons 
Gen. Lewis it. Parsons . 
Mis? Mary Frances Peirce . 
Howiand Pell . ... 
John T. Perry .... 
William Richmond Peters 
John Punuett Peters . 
Frederick Beech Pierce . 
Jlrs. J. Almeron Pond 
Wellington Pool 
Temple" Prime .... 
Jlrs. William Lawrence Proctor 
John Jay Putnam 
Samuel H. Kanck 
AmasaA. P.cJneld 
Koe Keisenger .... 
William Jones Rhees . 
Franklin P. Bice 
31. D. Richardson .... 
Roland Howell .... 
Capt. Edmund H. Russell . 
lion. George W. .Sanderson . . 
Leonard A. Saville 
Francis H. Sawyer - 
Horace Elisha Scudder, A.B. 
Fdwin Ja^uett Sellers, LL.B. 
Rev. Henry L. Slack . 
Asa Walker Slayton 
Albert L. Smiley .... 
G. Brainerd Smith . 
Henry F. Smith ... . 
Robert Atwater Smith . 

Seth Smith 

Hon. J. Adger Smyth 

Mrs. Mary Jane Spear . 

Rev. Everett Sehenuerhorn Stackpole, 

Dr. Eugene P. Stone . 

A. X. Swain 

Rev. Archibald Alexander Edward Ta 

Rev. Charles Franklin Ihwing, LL.D. 

Edward Sweetser Tillotson . w . 

George Tolman 

Mrs. France- B. Troup 

James Russell Trumbull . 

Frederick Tuckerman . 

George C. Turner 

BIrs. Josiah 'Proctor Walton 

Lyman G. Ware 

Mr*. Julia Chase Washburn 

William Seward Webb, 3IJD. 

Charles A. White .... 

Rer. Wiliiam V. Whitfn 

Miss Sarah E. Wie.-enthal . 

Charles Henry Wight 

John W. Winder . 


Philadelphia, Pa. 
Bangor, Pa. 
Wichita, Kan. 
Cleveland, O. 
Sherborne, Eng. 
St. Lonis, Mo. 

New York, X. Y. 
Exeter, X. H. 
Xew York, X. Y. 
Xew York, X. Y. 
Bristol, Conn. 
Hnntiugton, X. Y. 
Ogdensburg, X. Y. 
Baltimore, Md. 
Xew York, X. Y. 
Franklin, Pa. 
Washington, D. C, 
Lancaster, X. H. 
Manchester, X. H. 
Pittsburgh, Pa. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 
Bethel, Conn. 
Grand Rapids Mich. 
Jiohonk Lake, X. Y\ 
Hartford, Conn. 
Hartford, Conn. 
Washington, D. C. 
Charleston, S. C. 
Augus'ta, Me. 
U. S. Xavv. 
Bellows Falls, Vt. 
Columbus O. 
Cleveland, O. 
Wetherstield, Conn. 
HonitOD, Eng. 
Muscatine, la. 
Livermore, 3re. 
Xew York, X. Y. 
Xew Haven, Conn. 
Chariton, la. 

Xew York, X. Y. 


Presented by Albert H. Hott, A.M. 

The Corresponding Secretary respectfully reports that the follow- 
ing named ladies and gentlemen have accepted membership in the 
Society during the year 1899 : 

John Albree. Jr 

Frank Augustus Bayley . 

Rev. Frederic William Bailey, B.D. . 

William Leonard Beuedict 

Henry Baldwin, A.M., LL.B. 

Samuel Arthur Bene, A.M., LL.B. . 

Albert Smith Bigelow 

Mrs. Nancy Jewett (Wilder) Bigelow 

John Souie Cobb Blanchard 

Merrill Norton Bovden 

Rev. John Elliot Bowman, A.B., S.T.B. 

Sumner Eli Bowman 

Gen. Samuel Breck, U.S.A. 

George Smith Burton 

Mrs. Mary A. E. (Miller) Buckminster 

Levi Badger Chase .... 

George Walter Chamberlain. M.S. 

George Henry Chapin 

Edward Stephens Clark. M.D. . 

Henry Martyn Clarke, A.B., LL.B. 

Ogden Codroan, Jr 

Frank Ethridge Cotton, A.B. . 

Edwin San ford Crandou 

Josiah Stearns Curbing . 

Mrs. Julia Farnsworth Daniels . 

George Allen Dary .... 

Miss Euna Gertrude Decrow 

Miss Marjory Standish Devlin 

Marquis Fayette Dickinson, Jr., A.M. 

Rev. Samuel Warren Dike. LL.D. . 

Rev. Myron Samuel Dudlev. A.M. 

Rev. John Louis Dwell, A.M.. D.D 

Miss Mittie Belcher Fairbanks . 

Henry Winckley Fernald 

Edward Stanley Fes-enden 

Charles Frederick Fitz 

Charles Whitmore Floyd, A.B. . 

Frank Augustine Gardner, C.B., M.D. 

Freeman Crowell Goodnow 

James Edward Greenleaf 

Richard Price Hallowell 

Leander Miller Has kins, M.S. . 

Swampscott. Mass. 
Cambridge, Mass. 
New Haven, Conn. 
Brighton, Mass. 
Boston, Mass. 
Brookline, Mass. 
Cohasset, Mass. 
Southbridge, Mass. 
Weymouth. Mass. 
Newton, Mass. 
Billerica, Mass. 
Som'erville, Mass. 
Boston, Mass. 
Brookline, Mass. 
Brookline, Mass. 
Sturbridge, Mass. 
Weymouth, Mass. 
Dorchester, Mass. 
San Francisco, Cal. 
Boston, Mass. 
New York, N. Y. 
Woburn, Mass. 
Chelsea, Ma>5. 
Norwood, Mass. 
Newton Centre, Mass. 
Roxbury, Mass. 
Roxbury, Mass. 
Boston, Mass. 
Brookline, Mass. 
Auburndale, Mass. 
Nantucket, Mass. 
Washington, D.C. 
Farmington, Me. 
Roxbury, Mass. 
Arlington, Mass. 
Watertown, Mass. 
Boston, Mass. 
Salem, Mass. 
Cambridge, Mass. 
Charlestown, Mass. 
Medford, Mass. 
Rockport, Mass. 


Miss Caroline Hazard 

Rev. Samuel Haven Hilliard, A.M 

Mrs. Kuth Wood Hoag, A.B. 

Mrs. Louisa Turner Hodgden . 

Arthur Stoddard Johnson . 

Frederick Charles Johnson, M.D 

Miss Flora Mandana Lamson 

Theodore Studley Eazell, A.B. 

William Wailace*Luut 

Alfred Small Mauson 

Rev. Frederick Howard Means, A.B., B.D 

George Andrews Moriarty, Jr. 

John Dwight Morton 

Arthur Irving Nash . 

Harry Frederick Nichols 

William Emery Nickerson 

Edward Samuel Niles, D.M.D. 

Miss Harriette Eliza Noyes 

Lt.-Col. Henry Erastus Noyes, US 

Frank Edson Parlin, A.M. 

Edward Liliie Pierce, S.B. 

Rev. George Wallace Penniman, A.M., B.D 

John Frank Perry 

Oran Edmund Randall 

Fred Ball Rice, A.B. . 

Miss Evelyu Rich 

Mrs. Josephine Jenness Richter 

Miss Ida Frances Bobbins 

Moutgomery Rollins 

James Swift Rogers, A.B. 

Mrs. Sophie Selden Rogers 

Mrs. Ellen Haven Ross 

Arthur James Sclfridge 

Edward Oliver Skelton 

Charles Elihu Slocura. Ph. D., M.D 

Miss Marv Elizabeth (Sparhawk) Sears 

William Christopher Smith, A.B. 

John Goddard Stearns 

Miss Susan Storer Stimpson 

William James Henry Strong, A.B 

Rev. John Phelps Taylor. DTD. . 

Augustus Larkin Thorndike 

Rouert Noxon Toppan, A.M., LL.B. 

Henry Read Tracy .... 

Edward Royall Tyler . 

John Lathrop Wakefield, A.B. 

Theron Augustus Dcrbv Wales, M.D 

Ashtou Rollins Willard, A.B. 

Robert Breck Williams 

Hon. Henry Roirer Wolcott, A.M. . 

William Hill Young, A.B. . 


Wellesley, Mass. 
Jamaica Plain. Mass. 
Dorchester, Mass. 
Boston. Mass. 
Boston, Mass. 
Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 
Cottage City, Mass. 
Bostou, Mass. 
Hiugham, Mass. 
Boston, Mass. 
Windham, Conn. 
Jamaica Plain, Mass. 
Roxbury, Mass. 
Springtleld. Mass. 
Waltham, Mass. 
Cambridge, Mass. 
Boston, Mass. 
Hampstead, N. II. 
Chelsea, Mass. 
Natick, Mass. 
Syracuse, N. Y. 
Southbridge, Mass. 

Chcstertield, N. II. 
Quincy, Mass. 

Boston, Mass. 

Portsmouth, N. H. 

Arlington, Mass. 

Brookline, Mass. 

Boston, Mass. 

Philadelphia, Pa. 

Boston, Mass. 

Brookline, Mass. 

Roxbury, Mass. 

Defiance, Ohio. 

Boston, Mass. 

Newton, Mass. 

Brookline, Mass. 

Boston, Mass. 

Boston, Mass. 

Andover, Mass. 

Brewster, Mass. 

Cambridge, Mass. 

Roxbury, Mass. 

Boston, Mass. 

Dedham, Mass. 

Elmira, N. Y. 

Boston, Mass. 

Roxbury, Mass. 

Denver, Colorado. 

Brookline, Mass. 


TriE Treasurer submits herewith his annual report for the year 
ending December 31, 1S99 : — 

Credits to " General Income " : 

Balance of Account, Jan. 1, 1899 . . . $60 58 

Income from Investments 2,575 31 

Admissions and Assessments 1,951 00 

Transferred from Income of Bond Fund 

for Binding 226 91 

$4,813 83 

Paid Insurance $153 51 

" Salaries 1,750 08 

" Care of House 741 01 

" Printing. Stationery and Postage . 778 64 

« Fuel Gas and Water 198 47 

" Express 11 79 

u Miscellaneous Expenses .... 685 82 

« Binding Books 226 91 

4,546 20 

Balance $267 57 

George Plumer Smith Fund. 
Legacy received from the executors of the will 

of George Plumer Smith $10,000 00 

Less claim of heir.-, compromised as stated in 

report. of "Committee on Finance" . . . 430 00 

Net amount to credit of Fund 9,570 00 

New-England Historical and Genealogical Register. 

Received from yearly Subscribers $1,709 43 

** for single numbers and bound Vols. 

sold 1,174 21 

2,883 64 

Debit balance, Jan. 1, 1899 $2,249 91 

Paid during the year for Printing, Paper, Plates, 

etc. . . 1,898 42 

Salary of Editor 800 00 

4,948 33 

Debit balance, Jan. 1, 1900 $2,001 69 


Income of Toxcne Memorial Fund. 

Balance. Jan. 1, 1390 . . \ $1,825 47 

Received tor Memorial Biographies sold in 1899 10 50 

u from Income of Investments ... ICO 00 

Present amount of this account $1,995 97 

Life Membership Fund. 

Amount of Fund. Jan. 1, 1809 $14,757 74 

Received from 15 members, $30.00 each . . 450 00 

Present amount of Fund 15,207 74 

Bond Fund. 

Amount of Fund, Jan. 1, 1899 $2,377 G3 

Received for sales of " Bond's History of 

Watertown " "... 1 67 00 

2,544 63 

Accumulated income transferred to a separate 

account $500 00 

Present amount of Fund - 2,044 63 

Income of Bond Fund. 
December 31, 1899, transferred from Bond Fund $500 00 
Income for 1899 51 75 

551 75 

Transferred to General Income, account for 

Binding ' $226 91 

Balance of account 324 84 

Cushman Fund. 

Amount of Fund, Jan. 1. 1899 $401 60 

Received for Cushman Genealogy sold in 1899 . 4 00 

Received from Income of Investments ... 5 43 

Present amount of Fund 411 03 

Library Additions (Boohs). 

Received Income of Sever Fund $200 00 

" " " Russell Fund 120 00 

Miscellaneous Books sold 57 22 

377 22 

Debit balance, Jan. 1, 1899 $132 25 

Books purchased in 1899 306 50 438 75 

Debit balance ~" $61 53 

New-England Historical and Genealogical Register Index. 

Balance of account, Jan. 1, 1899 $250 00 

Contributed in 1899 350 00 

600 00 

Paid in 1899 for work on Index 575 00 

Balance of account $25 00 


Balance Sheet, December 31, 1S99. 

Buildincr Fund 

Real Estate $47,375 34 

Wilder Subscription Building Fund . . . 

General Investments . 84,643 91 

Geonre P. Smith Fund 

William C. Todd Fund 

Alden Fund 

Barstow Fund 

Bond Fund 

Bradbury Fund 

Jonas G. Clark Fund 

Thomas Crane Fund . 

Cushraan Fund 

Donor's Free Fund 

Pliny Earle Fund 

Flint Fund 

John Foster Fund 

Moses Kimball Fund 

Latham Fund 

Ira B. Peek Fund 

Russell Fund 

Samuel E. Sawyer Fund 

Sever Fund 

J. Henry Stickney Fund 

Towne Memorial Fund 

Woodman Fund 

Librarian Fund 

Life Membership Fuud 

Income Towne Fund 

Income Bond Fund 

Cash 1,330 20 

New-England Historical and Genealogical 

Register 2,064 69 

Interest Accrued 9 27 

Insurance 306 99 

Rents Due 316 70 

Books for Library 61 53 

Register Index 2500 

Premium Account 546 31 

Suspense Account 300 00 

General Income 267 57 

$43,S75 34 

2,3S1 52 

9,570 00 

1,000 00 

1,000 00 

1,200 00 

2,044 63 

2,500 00 

1,000 00 

600 00 

411 03 

3,695 55 

1,000 00 

5,000 00 

5,000 00 

5,000 00 

1,000 00 

1,000 00 

3,000 00 

4,000 00 

5,000 00 

1,000 00 

4,000 00 

1,000 00 

12,763 13 

15,207 74 

1,995 97 

324 84 

$136,408 63 $136,40S 03 

B. B. Torre Y, Treasurer. 

The undersigned hereby certify that they have examined the accounts 
of the Treasurer of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society for 
the year 1S09; and find his books properly kept. The securities were 
examined and found to be in accordance with the books and statements 
aa rendered. 

Ablxah Thompson, 
Alfred li. Turner, 


Boston, January 6, 1900. 



Boston, Dec. 30, 1899. 

This fund consists of twenty shares of the Cabot Manufacturing 
Company left for the benefit of the New-England Historic Genear 
logical Society by the late Frederic Kidder. 

A dividend was paid on the stock in July of the present year. 
The trustees have to report : 

Balance received from 189S . . . $ 1.33 
Dividend received July 1, 1899 . . 40.00 


Paid for one volume deposited in the library of 

the Society . . . .. . . 14.05 

Balance on hand .... $27.28 

Deloraine P. Corey, 
William B. Trask. ^ Trustees. 
John Ward Dean, 


Presented by George Moultox Apams, D.D. 


\Tlie dates in the Jirst column indicate the years of election.^ 

Corresponding Members. 

1866. George Rogers Howell. A.M., of Albany, New York, was born 

in Southampton, Long Island, June 15, 1833, and died in Albany, 
April 5. 

1869. Rodert Clarke, of Cincinnati. Ohio, was born in Annan. Dum- 

friesshire, Scotland, May 1, 1829, and died in Cincinnati, August 

Life Members. 

1867. Haydn Brown, of West Newbury, Massachusetts, was born in 

West Newbury, February 16. 1819, and died there, January 16. 
1877. Leonard Thompson, of Woburn, Massachusetts, was born in 
Woburn, November 21, 1817, and died there, January 21. 

1870. Daniel Baxter Stedman, of Chicago, Illinois, was born in Bos- 

ton, April 18, 1817, and died in Chicago, March 3. 
1896. Charles Blenham Whitman, of Boston, was born in Boston, 

August 22, 1848, and died in Rampart City, Alaska, April 26. 
18-15. William Whit well Greenough, A.B., of Boston, was born in 

Boston, June 25, 1818, and died there, June 17. 

1871. George Fabee Clark (Rev.), of Acton, Massachusetts, was born 

in Shipton (now Richmond), Canada East, February 24, 1817, 
and died in West Acton, July 31. 

1870. Samuel Johnson', A.M., of Boston, was born in Boston, March 
20, 1826, and died in Nahant, Massachusetts, August 13. 

1870. Benjamin. Greene Smith, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was born 
in Boston, October 1, 181G, and died in Cambridge, August 24. 

J887. Edward Henry Williams, of Boston, was born in West Rox- 
bury, Massachusetts, April 27, 1856, and died in Jamaica Plain 
(Boston), August 28. 

1883. Oakes Angier Ames, of North P^aston, Massachusetts, was born 
in North Kaston, April 15, 1829. and died there, September 19. 

1859. Edward Franklin Everett, A.M., of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 
was torn in Northfield, Massachusetts, May 2tf, 1840, and died in 
Cambridge, September 20. 

1895. Perkins Bass, A.B., of Boston, was born in William>town. Ver- 
mont, April 30, 1827, and died in Peterborough, ~St\v Hamp- 
shire, October 9. 

Resident Members. 
18S8. Frederick Smyth, A.M., of Manchester, New Hampshire, was 
born in Candia, New Hampshire, March 9, 1819, and died in 
Hamilton, Bermuda, April 22. 


1S95. Willis Barxabee Mexdum, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, was 
born in Portsmouth, Xew Hampshire, December 7, 1826, and died 
in Dorchester, May 8. 

1885. William Wallace Bailey, A.B.. LL.B.. of Nashua. New Hamp- 
shire, was born in Hopkinton, Xew Hampshire, November 11, 
1820, and died iu Nashua. June 9. 

1891. Walbkidge Abxer Field, A.B.. LL.D., of Boston, was born in 
Sprin^tield. Vermont. April 20, 18oo, aud died in Boston, July 15. 

1853. Elias Sill PIawley, A.B., of Buffalo, New York, was born in 
Moreau, Saratoga County, N. Y., October 28, 1812, and died in 
Buffalo. July 26. 

1857. George White, A.M.. LL.B., of "Welleslev, Massachusetts, was 
born in Quincv, Massachusetts, November 9, 1821, and died in 
Welleslev, July 29. 

1893. Charles Whittier, of Roxbury, Massachusetts, was born in Vi- 

enna, Maine, November 26, 1829, and died in Roxburv, August 
1857. Peter Ebexezer Yose, of Dennysville, Maine, was born in Rob- 
binstou, Maine, November 20, 1820, and died in Dennysville, 

1894. Elbridge Gerry Allex. of Boston, was bom in Sweden, Maine, 

May 14, 1850, and died in New York City, September 25. 
1859. Jonx Codmax Ropes. A.B.. LL.B.. of Boston, was born in St. 

Petersburg, Russia, Aoril 28, 1836, and died in Boston, October 

1898. Thomas Leightox Jexks, M.D.. of Boston, was born in Conway, 

New Hampshire. May 22, 1829. and died in Boston-. October 31. 
1890. William Pitt Bkectiix, M.D., of Boston, was born in Cornwallis, 

Nova Scotia, March 11, 1851, and died in Boston. December 10. 
1898. Mrs. Mary Stiles Paul Guild, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 

was born in Hanover. New Hampshire, January 2S, 1830, and 

died in Cambridge. December 12. 

[Deaths that occurred in previous years, not reported until now.~] 

1880. Giovaxxi Battista di Crollalaxza, of Bari. Italy, a Corres- 
ponding Member, was born in Fenno, Italy, March 19, 1819, and 
died May 18, 1892. 

1857. Jonx Allister McAllister, of Philadelphia, a Corresponding 
Member, was born in Philadelphia, September 20, 1822, and died 
there October 22, 1896. 

1895. Jonx Yarnum Spauldixg. of Brookliue. -Massachusetts, a Resi- 

dent Member, was born in Chelmsford. Massachusetts, .Tune 15, 
1829, and died in Brookline, February 22, 189^. 
1880. Jeremiah Chapman Kittredge. of Brookline. Massachusetts, a 
Resident Member, was born in Boston, December 13, 1847, and 
died in Brookline, December 19, 1898. 

The following corrections should be made in the Necrology for 189S, printed in the 
44 Proceedings n of 1809 :— 

Pajze 49, Augustas Ramsav Bavlev died January 30, 1899. 

Pjjre 49, Joseph Henry Alien was" not a member at the time of his death, having rc- 
sigued in 1892. 

Page 50, Byron We-ton died November 8, 1893. 

Page 51, Elihu Oliver Lymau died March 27, 1802. 





Arranged by the Rev. George M. Adams, D.D., Historiographer. 

Tite following pages contain obituary notices of the members who 
died during the years 1898 and 1899, with the addition of eighteen, 
deceased in previous years. The notices ars arranged chronologi- 
cally, in the order in which the deaths occurred. 


Haxxibal Hamlin, LL.D., was born on Paris Hill, Oxford 
County, Maine, August 27, 1809. His paternal ancestor was 
James Hamlin, who settled at Cape Cod in 1639 and was one of 
the founders of Barnstable. His grandfather was Major Eleazer 
Hamlin, an officer in the Continental Army, who with three sons 
received grants of land in Maine for their services in the war of the 
Revolution. His father was Doctor Cyrus Hamlin, who was a 
physician of some reputation and for years sheriff and clerk of 
Oxford County. His mother was Anna Livermore, who was de- 
scended from the pioneer Livermore family and whose uncle was 
Samuel Livermore of New Hampshire. 

Hannibal Hamlin was the youngest son of six children. He had 
a common school education, but was deprived of a college course on 
pecount of the death of his father. His early life was spent in the 
school of self-help. He managed his mother's farm, edited a news- 
paper and read law. He completed his legal studies in the office of 
Gen. Samuel Fessenden, the Abolition leader of Maine, married 
Sarah J. Emery, a daughter of Judge Stephen Emery, of Paris 
Hill, on Dec. 10, 1833, and settled in Hampden, Maine. He was 
elected five times to the Maine House of Representatives as an anti- 
slavery Democrat and served three times as Speaker. He was the 
author of many laws, and at' that time opposed slavery and also 
favored the abolishment of capital punishment. 

In 1840 Hamlin was a candidate for Congress, but was defeated. 
In 1843, however, he was elected and subsequently re-elected. In 
the House he developed as a practical legislator, but was active in 

MEMOIRS. xlix 

opposing the extension of slavery. He was a candidate for the 
Senate in 184(3, but the pro-slavery element defeated him by one 
vote. He was elected in 1848 by one vote and re-elected in 1850 
by the same majority, lie served nine years as chairman of the 
Committee of Commerce. In 185G he withdrew from the Demo- 
cratic party on account of its support of slavery and was elected 
Governor of Maine by the Republican party. He was then returned 
to the Senate as a Republican. 

In 1860, against Mr. Hamlin's wishes, he was nominated for Vice- 
President with Lincoln. He enjoyed close relations with the Presi- 
dent, and was always thereafter spoken of as Lincoln's friend and 
counsellor. He was not re-nominated owing to the falsification of a 
State delegation in the Presidential convention of 1864. President 
Johnson appointed him Collector of the Port of Boston in 1865, but 
he resigned in 1866 because he could not support the President's 
Southern policy. He was elected to the Senate in I860, re-elected 
in 1875 and declined a re-election in 1881. During his last terms 
in the Senate he was chairman of the Committees on Post Offices and 
Foreign Affairs. His last public office was United States [Minister 
to Spain, which he held from 1881 to 1882. 

Mr. Hamlin was elected a corresponding member of the Xew- 
England Historic Genealogical Society in 1847. He was President 
of the Unitarian Society of Maine for many years, a regent of the 
Smithsonian Institute, a trustee of Colby College and of the L"ni- 
versity of Maine, and held many other positions of trust. In private 
life he was a devoted farmer and fisherman. His democracy is well 
known. His first wife died in April, 1855. He married Ellen 
Vesta Emery, another daughter of Judge Emery, September 25, 
1856. He died at Bangor, Maine, on the fourth of July, 1891. 

By Charles E. Hamlin, A.B. 

Lyman Copelaxd Draper, A.M., LL.D., a corresponding 
member of this Society since 1854, died at Madison, Wisconsin, 
August 26, 1801. He was a son of Luke and Harriet (Hoisington) 
Draper; was born in Hamburg (now Evans), Erie County, New 
York, September 4, 1815, and brought up on a farm at Lockport, 
New York. His father and his maternal grandfather, Job Hoising- 
ton, were defenders of the country iu the war of 1812 ; his grand- 
father, Jonathan Draper, was a soldier of the Revolution. 

In 1815 young Draper went to Mobile, Alabama; was a student 
two years at Granville, Ohio, in the college which has now become 
Denison University ; for some time edited a newspaper in a 
Mississippi town ; was a clerk in the Po^t Office at Buffalo, >ew 
York, and afterwards spent ten years in Philadelphia. From his 
college days onward he was an enthusiast in the study of W estern 


history ; collected books and manuscripts relating to the early stages 
of development of the States then called "the "West," and conducted 
a vast correspondence, gathering great stores of information alon*» 
these lines. In 1652 he removed to Madison, Wisconsin, where, 
two years later, he became secretary of the State Historical Society. 
His work in that position was most valuable, and it was largely 
through his efforts that the Society's large and rich collection of 
books and pamphlets was gathered. He served as State Superin- 
tendent of Schools in 1858 and 1850. Pie published a number of 
volumes, the most notable of which was "King's Mountain and Its 
Heroes. *' | See extended notices of his life and works in the reports 
of the Wisconsin State Historical Society for 1801 and 1892, and an 
article in the Magazine of Western History, by Mr. Reuben G. 
Thwaites, who succeeds Dr. Draper as secretary. J 
By the Hey. Charles Henry Pope, A.B. 


Samuel Bickertox Harmax, D.C.L., was born in Brompton, 
England, December 20, 1810, and died in Toronto, Canada, March 
20, 1802. He was descended from William 1 Harman of the island 
of Antigua, Captain in the Royal Xavy, who died in 170 s : through 
Hon. Samuel 2 Harman of Harmans, Antigua, born in 1606, a 
member of II. M. Council and Judge of the Court of Common 
Pleas; Hon. Samuel 91 Harman, born 1730, a member of H. M. 
Council; Hon. Samuel 4 Harman of Barbadoes, born 1764, a mem- 
ber of H. M. Council; Hon. Samuel 5 Harman, bom 1789, Chief 
Baron of the Court of the Exchequer in Antigua, who married 
Dorothy Bruce Murray, daughter of William Murray, Esq., of 
Barbadoes, and who was the father of Samuel Bickerton 6 Harman. 

Samuel Bickerton Harman was educated at King's College, Lon- 
don, and was for a time Manager in the Colonial Bank in the island 
of Grenada, West Indies. In 18-10 he came to Canada and became 
a barrister-at-law. He was an alderman of Toronto, 1866, mayor 
of the city 1669-1870, and treasurer 1874-1888. He was a member 
of the Council of Trinity College, many years member of the 
Diocesan Synod of the Diocese of Toronto, and Registrar and subse- 
quently Chancellor of the Diocese. 

He married July 20, 1842, Georgina, daughter of George Huson 
of Barbadoes, and left four sons, viz., Samuel Bruce Harman, born 
1843, Captain retired from Queen's Own Rifles, served in Red River 
Expedition under Colonel (now General Lord) Wolseley, in 1870; 
George Frederick Harman, born 1844, barrister-at-law; Davidson 
Millington Harman, born 1848, of the Merchants Bank; Huson 
Walton Ames Harman, born 1853, of the Dominion Bank. Samuel 
Bickerton was elected a corresponding member of the Xew-England 
Historic Genealogical Society in 1852. He died in Toronto, March 
26, 1892. 

By the Key. George M. Adams, D.D. 



Elihu Oliver Lymax, of Chester, Ohio, was elected a corres- 
ponding member of this Society December 2. 1868. His father, 
Azariah Lyman, was born in Northampton, Massachusetts. Dec. 6, 
1777. His mother, Sarah Bartlett, was born in Westhampton, May 
24, 1784. His earliest ancestor in this country was Richard Ly- 
man, who came from England in 1631. The family line in America 
is as follows : 

(1) Richard. 

(2) John, born in England 1623. 

(3) John, born August 1, 1660. 

(4) John! born October 2, 1603. 

(5) Zadoc. born 1719. 

(6) Azariah. 

(7) Elilm-Oliver. 

The Lyman family resided for some time in Xorwich, now Hunt- 
ington, Massachusetts, where the subject of this sketch was born, 
June 12, 1817. The family removed in 1823 to Chester, Ohio. 
The homestead which the father then purchased has been the family 
home to this time. Mr. Elihu O. Lyman was married February 2, 
1842, to Miss Emily A. Ranney, daughter of Oliver Ranney. His 
father came to Ohio from Bethlehem, Connecticut. Twelve children 
were born from this marriage. 

Mr. Lyman was a farmer and a merchant. His business life was 
such as to bring him into contact with all classes of people. He was 
a man of sterling habits, a hard worker both mentally and physically, 
never giving up any project he had in view, until he had thoroughly 
tested it. He is spoken of as an enterprising and public spirited 
citizen. He was much interested in family history. He was an 
active member of the Congregational Church in Chester, and was for 
many years teacher of a Bible class. He was also Superintendent 
of the Sunday School for many years. He died March 27th, 1892. 
The large number who attended his funeral showed the important 
position which he had held in the community. 

By the Rev. Ezra II. Byington-, D.D. 

Giovaxxi Battista di Crollalaxza, Chevalier, of Bari, Italy, 
was born at Fermo, Italy, on the nineteenth of March, A.D. 1819, 
**and died on the eighteenth of May, A.D. 1892. He was a son of 
X^ietro di Crollalanza and Euphrosine Ricci, his wife. Many of his 
ancestors for a hundred and fifty years had been successively consuls 
of Chiavenna, the seat of the family since its establishment by Gio- 
vanni Alboin, a soldier of Milan, who achieved a distinguished career 
in the crusade of 1147, in which he received the surname Crolla- 
Lancia, — the menacing or terrifying lance, — whence the title ol the 


His early studies were directed towards belles-lettres and poetrv, 
which he forsook for history. He received his first degree in phi- 
losophy, the baccalaureate, at the University of Macarota. He was 
for three years director of the school of Technology of Rieti ; and 
for two years, of that at Gallarate. He was the founder at Carpi of 
the College of Prince Humbert, and at Imola of the College of 
Amedee of Savoy ; also of the Royal Heraldic and Geneaiogic 
Academy of Italy, at Pisa. He established the Heraldic- Genea- 
iogic Diplomatic Journal, which continued for seven years. This 
he merged into the Annual of the Italian Nobility, which filled 
a place of equal authority with the Almanach tie Gotha. 

Signore di Crollalanza was a chevalier of the orders of Saints 
Maurice et Lazare, of the Crown of Italy and of San Marin ; was 
President of the Royal Heraldic Academy ; was a member of learned 
Academics of Vienna, Toulon, Orleans. Rome, Milan, Brussels, 
Bordeaux, Marseilles, and of the Institute of France. He was 
awarded a medal of the first class, by the Royal Heraldic Academy 
of Italy, and received a diploma of honor from the Heraldic-Genea- 
logic Exposition of Vienna. He was elected a corresponding mem- 
ber of the Xew-England Historic Genealogical Society in 1880. 

S. di Crollalanza was twice married : October 6, 1845, to the 
Countess Maria Ginanni of Ravenna, who was born in 1819 and 
died in 1847 ; February 2, 1849, to Teresa Zoli of Forli, who was 
born in 1830 and died in 1879. His children were two : — Maria 
Olga, born October 28, 1851, and married in 1875 to Count Roger 
Arlotti of Reggio-Emilia ; Godfrey, born February 19, 1855. 
Bj Geokge A. Gordon. A.M. 


Charles Colcock Jones, LL.D., wa3 born in Savannah, 
Georgia* October 20, 1831, and died at his home, Montrose, in the 
village of Summerville, in the same State, July 19, 1893. He was 
the eldest child of the Rev. Charles Colcock Jones, D.D., a distin- 
guished writer and minister of the Southern Presbyterian Church, and 
Mary, his wife and cousin — the former a son of John and the latter 
a daughter of Joseph, Jones, both sons of Major John Jones who 
gave his life, while he was still a young man, to the cause of 
American independence at the siege of Savannah, October 9th, 1779, 
where, on the same day, the illustrious Count Pulaski received his 
mortal wound. 

The birth of the subject of thi3 sketch occurred during the pastor- 
ate of his father over the First Presbyterian Church of Savannah, and 
soon afterward he was taken to the family home on the sea coast or 
Liberty County, where his boyhood was spent, and where he was partly 
educated. He was a student of the South Carolina College, at Colum- 


MEMOIRS. lili 

>)ia, while his father was a professor in the theological seminary at that 
place in the years 1 847. -'50, but he finished his collegiate course at 
Princeton, where he was graduated in 1 S 5 2 , and later on he attended 
the law school at Harvard University, receiving the degree or* 
LL.B. in 1855. He immediately entered upon the practice of his 
profession, in the city of his birth, where he soon became a leader 
at' the bar. He enjoyed the confidence and esteem of his fellow 
citizens to a degree amounting to positive aifection, resulting in his 
elevation to the mayoralty in 1860. 

At the end of his term, in 1801, declining a second nomination as 
mayor, he entered the service of the Confederate States as an officer 
of the Chatham Artillery, the oldest military company in the State. 
During the whole of the war he was connected with the ordnance de- 
partment of the service, holding, at the close of hostilities, the office 
of Chief of Artillery for the Military District of Georgia and the 
Third Military District of South Carolina, with the rank of colonel. 
After the war he removed to New York, where he again engaged in 
the practice of the law. Returning to Georgia in 1877, he con- 
tinued his professional life in Augusta, his home being at Summer- 
ville, near by, where his life on earth came to a close. 

Colonel Jones's career as a writer on archaeological and historical 
subjects began in the year 1859, when he delivered the address at 
the twentieth anniversary of the Georgia Historical Society, of 
which he was then a member and which he subsequently served as 
Corresponding Secretary for several years — his subject on that 
occasion being The Indian Remains in Southern Georgia ; and 
from that time until his death he was engaged in literary work of 
some sort as far as time could be spared from the duties of an exact- 
ing profession. A list of his published works may be found in 
the annual reports of the American Historical Association, 1889- 
1893, the most important of them being his History of Geor- 
gia, Dead Towns of Georgia, Antiquities of the Southern 
Indians, Myths from the Georgia Coast, Life of Commodore 
Josiah Tattnall, Historical Sketch of the Chatham Artillery, 
Ancient Tumuli on the Savannah Diver, Siege of Savannah 
in 1779; Siege of Savannah in September, 1S64; Historical 
Sketch of Tomo-chi-chi and Biographical Sketches of the Dele- 
gates from Georgia to the Continental Congress. Two volumes 
of his History of Georgia were published in 1883, embracing the 
^history from the aboriginal epoch down to the erection of Georgia 
into an independent State. His purpose was to bring the history 
down to the present time, and he had begun the preparation of two 
more volumes, which would "deal with Georgia as a Commonwealth." 

Colonel Jones was a firm believer in the doctrine of State Bights, 
and when it was decided that Georgia should leave the Union the 
decision met with his hearty approval, and for four year3 he did 


what he could to maintain the establishment of the Confederate 
States ; but when the overthrow of that design was accomplished lie 
at once accepted the situation, and no one was more willing than was 
he to aid in the development of the resources of the couutrv whose 
independence his forefathers had helped to secure, or to maintain 
the peace and unity of the same. Besides the reputation which 
he acquired as a lawyer and a man of letters, Colonel Jones 
■was known as an indefatigable collector of autographs and of 
objects of interest in the field of archaeology. Untiring by nature, 
his fondness for this special work filled him with a zeal for ex- 
celling therein which rose superior to all difficulties, and the result 
was an accumulation of articles of much rarity and of great value. 
He was a useful member of many of the historical and scientific 
societies in this country and iu Europe, his connection with the 
New-England Historic Genealogical Society, as a corresponding 
member, dating from the 4th of April, 18S3. He was twice honored 
with the degree of LL.D., — by Harvard University and by the Uni- 
versity of the City of Xew York. Colonel Jones was married twice : 
ou the 9th of November, 1658, to Miss Ruth Berrien Whitehead, of 
Burke County, Georgia, who, after a short period of married life, 
died, leaving one child, a daughter; and on the 28th of October, 
1S63, to her cousin, Mi^s Eva Berrien Eve, by whom he had a son. 
By Ills cordiality, gentle disposition, kindliness and willingness to 
assist those who appealed to him for information, he made friends of 
all who were brought into communication with him either in person 
or by correspondence. Courteous, affable and polite at all times, he 
had no enemies, and when he died his loss was felt by all who 
ever knew him. His mind was stored with facts relating to the 
history of Georgia, and it was seldom that an appeal to him for 
information received an unsatisfactory response. " He was, taken 
all in all, a gallant soldier, a fine jurist, an able writer and a brilliant 
By Wxxjliax IIarl>en\ 

David Thayek, A.M., M.D., was born in Braintree, July 10, 
1813, and died in Boston, December 14, 1893. He became a 
member of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society in 18.37. 
He was a son of Nathaniel Emmons and Deliverance (Thayer) 
Thayer, and a lineal descendant of Richard Thayer, one of the early 
settlers of Braintree, and his ancestors in the paternal line had always 
resided in that town. His lineage was Richard, 1 Richard, 2 Richard, 
Richard 4 , Richard, 5 Nathaniel 8 Emmons. 

He was not content to be a farmer like so many of his ancestors, 
but beins fond of hooks and study he determined to secure an educa- 
tion. After he had completed his preparatory studies he entereu 
Union College, Schenectady, and was graduated at that institution in 

jrEMOIRS. lv 

the class of 1840 and from the Berkshire Medical School in 18-42. 
Soon after he began the practice of medicine he became interested in 
the subject of homeopathy, and becoming convinced that .simi/ia 
similibus curantur was the expression of the true law of cure, he 
made it his rule of practice. In 1847 he united with the Massa- 
chusetts Homeopathic Fraternity, at that time numbering only thir- 
teen members. On the incorporation of the Massachusetts Homeo- 
pathic Medical Society he was elected its first secretary, and served 
for five years, also filling the position of President in 18G1-:?. In 
1870 he was President of the American Institute of Homeopathy, 
and on the formation of the Boston University- School of -Medicine he 
became one of its professors and occupied the position for several 

As a member of the legislature for several terms he rendered 
efficient service in obtaining charters for the Homeopathic Medical 
Society, Hospital, Dispensary and the Boston University School of 
Medicine. He was greatly interested in his professional work and 
met with distinguished success in his profession, being a leading 
physician of Boston. He was a man of strong convictions and un- 
flinching adherence to what he considered as right. He was an 
abolitionist when it required moral courage to take that position, 
and a homeopathist when it meant a separation from all medical 
associations, and when it also meant obloquy, reproach, scorn and 
contempt. He was genial and affable in manner and had a large 
circle of friends and lived to see his principles triumph. He married 
Susan C. Bliss, May 17, i860, but he had no children. 

By David II. Brown, A.B. 

Benjamin Douglas of Middletown, Connecticut, was elected a 
resident member of this Society in 1869. He was born in Xorth- 
ford, in the town of North Branford, Connecticut, April 3, 181(3. 
His father was William Douglas, born February 23, 17 70, in New 
Haven, Connecticut. His mother was Sarah Kirtland of Walling- 
ford, Connecticut. The ancestors of Mr. Douglas came to this 
country before 1G4G. They were of Scottish descent. It is the claim 
of the Douglas family that they are the descendants of the Scottish 
chiefs of this name, who were so famous in the history of Scotland. 
•This claim is made in a letter written by our late associate, and it is 
also made in the Douglas Genealogy, published some years ago. 
The genealogical line of the family in this country is as follows : 

(1) William Douglas, who was in Boston in 1G1G, and was 

admitted a freeman there in that year. 

(2) William, born 1645, removed to New London, Connecticut. 

(3) William, born February 19, 1G73, removed to Plainrield, 

t i 


Connecticut. He was the first deacon of the Congrega- 
tional Church in that place. 

(4) John, born July 28, 1703. He was also a deacon. 

(5) William, born in Plainliehl, Connecticut, January 27, 1742. 

At the age of sixteen he was a soldier in the old French 
war. At the time of the war of the Revolution lie was 
colonel of a regiment in Connecticut. His regiment joined I 
the Continental Army in New York, June, 1776. He j 
was with his regiment in the battles of Long Island, Har- 
lem, White Plains, Philip's Manor, and New York, lie ; 
was at one time placed in command of a flotilla on Lake I 
Champlain by General Montgomery, and was present at 
the taking of St. John's. He died May 2§, 1777, as the 
result of fatigue and exposure during the campaign in New 
York under General Washington. 

(6) William, born Xew Haven, Connecticut, February 23, 1770. 

He was a prosperous farmer, and father of eight children. 

(7) Benjamin. 

Mr. Douglas took up his residence in Middletown in early life. 
He married Mary Adaline Parker of Middletown, April 3, 1838. 
By her he had six children. He learned the trade of a machinist, 
and thus prepared himself to be at the head of a great establishment 
for the manufacture of pumps and other articles of hardware, which 
was one of the oldest and largest in this country. Mr. Douglas was 
for many years the president of the company, employing a very 
large number of men. Their trade extended all over the world. 
He is spoken of as gentle and unassuming in his manners, but 
sagacious and very determined. He represented Middletown in the 
Legislature of Connecticut a number of vears. He was mavor v( 
that city from 1849 to 1855. He was Lieutenant-Governor of Con- 
necticut in 1851 and 18(30. He was presidential elector in 1861* 
and cast his vote for Lincoln for President. He died at Middletown, 
June 2Q, 1894, aged seventy-eight years. 

Bjthe Kf.v. Ezka H. Btington, D.D. 

Amzi Bknedict Davkxport was born in Xew Canaan, Con- 
necticut, October 30, 1817, and died at Brooklyn, Xew York,' 
August 24, 1*94. He was a direct descendant, through a line oi 
eldest sons, of Reverend John Davenport of Coventry and Londom 
England, the founder of the Xew Haven Colony and a pastor at 
the First Church in Boston. His father was William Davenport of 
Davenport Ridge, Stamford and Xew Canaan, and his mother 
Abigail Benedict of Xorwalk. His paternal grandparents were 
John Davenport and Prudence Bell of Stamford, and his maternal 
grandparents, Dea. Isaac Benedict and Jane Raymond of Xorwalk. 
His great grandparents were John Davenport, Deborah Ambler, 



James Bell and Sarah Weed of Stamford, and Nathaniel Benedict, 
Mary Lockwood, Samuel Raymond and Abigail Bates of Xorwalk. 
This last John Davenport was the fifth of the name in the line of 
descent from the iirst John of Xew Haven. The second John, 
sometime Register of Probate at Boston, married Abigail Pierson, 
sister of the first president of Yale College. The third John, a 
graduate of Harvard College, and for twenty-four years a member 
of the corporation of Yale College, was called from Boston to preach 
at Stamford. The subsequent genealogical history of the family 
was bound up with that of the descendants of the original settlers 
of Stamford and Xorwalk and other coast towns, — with the families 
of Bishop, Cable, Crane, Ferris, Gould, Gregory, Hoyt, Ja^er, 
Knowles, Palmer, St. John and \Yood, in addition to those already 

Mr. Davenport married twice. By his first wife, Frances Maria 
Isaacs of Brooklyn, he had two children, John I., sometime Chief 
Supervisor of Elections in Xew York city, and Albert B., a manu- 
facturer at Danbury, Conn. By his second wife, Jane Joralemon 
Dimon, granddaughter of Judge Teunis Joralemon of Brooklyn, 
he had nine children, of whom there still survive Henry Benedict, a 
lawyer in Brooklyn ; James Pierpont, lawyer and sometime judge in 
Xew York city ; William Edwards, a clergyman ; Mary Yere (Mrs. 
Charles Crandall), Charles Benedict and Frances Gardiner. After 
studying at the village Academy of his native town, Mr. Davenport 
began to teach school before he was eighteen years of age. In 
1836 he removed to Brooklyn, where he established a private 
Academy which he conducted for sixteen years and which counted 
among its pupils many who became active in the affairs of the city. 
After this he engaged in the general business of real estate and 
insurance until his death. In his business relations he was well 
known for the perfect honesty of his transactions, and he had under 
his care many of the largest and most valuable estates of older 
Brooklyn. He had no standing in the mercantile registers, ?ince 
he never owed a dollar. He was very active in his church relations. 
lie united with the Congregational Church at Xew Canaan at the 
age of seventeen : at Brooklyn he aided in the establishment of the 
Second Congregational Church of that city, in which he held the 
offices of Ruling Elder and Deacon, lie was connected with the 
founding of Plymouth Church in 1647 and with calling Rev. Henry 
Ward Beecher to be its pastor, and thrice held the olfice of deacon 
in this church. Throughout his life he attended religious service 
with the greatest regularity and without regard to weather. 

It is Mr. Davenport as a genealogist that is of most interest here. 
His ''History and Genealogy of the Davenport Family in England 
and America, from A. D. 1086 to 1850," was at the time of its 
publication in 1851 the most elaborate work of the sort that had 


been published in this country. It was remarkable not only for its 
success in carrying back the genealogy to the original Ormus, born 
1086, who assumed the name of a township in the County of 
Chester, England, and in tracing the descent without a break to the 
first settler in this country bearing the name, but also in the large 
amount of interesting information concerning the different numbers 
of the family which he had accumulated. Twenty-five years later 
Mr. Davenport published a " Supplement " to his History, bringing 
it down to 1876, and adding much new material concerning the 
older members. In addition to publishing these works Mr. D. 
made frequent contributions to genealogical serials. 

He was elected a corresponding member of the New-England 
Historic Genealogical Society in 1850, and was also a member of 
the Long Island Historical Society and various other historical 

During the summer half of the year Mr. Davenport resided at 
Davenport Kidge, which has been continuously in the family for 
two centuries, since it was first voted to Rev. John Davenport of 
Stamford by the proprietors of the town. Mr. Davenport regarded 
this place with great affection. He loved its woods, its brooks, its 
rolling meadows, partly because his imagination was fed by the 
thought that they were the same his forefathers had looked upon, 
but also because of an inherent love of nature. While to many 
and at times he seemed an austere man, yet he practised the too 
rare virtues of his Puritan ancestors, lived a deeply religious life and 
was strictly righteous in his dealings with his fellow men. 
By Prof. Charles Benedict Davenport, A.M. 


Henry Phillips, A.M., Ph.D., of Philadelphia, was elected a 
corresponding member of this Society, February 2, 1881. He was 
born in Philadelphia Sept. 6, 1838*, and died June 6, 1895. His 
residence during most of his life was in his native city. He was 
educated at Universities in this country and in Europe and admitted 
to the bar in Philadelphia in 1859, but owing to delicate health he 
was never able to follow his profession. His work was mainly in 
arclueology, philology and numismatics. He ranked among the 
best authorities on these subjects in the United States. He was 
also widely known in Europe, and received two gold medals as 
prizes for his articles upon these subjects. 

He published a History of American Colonial Paper Currency 
(Albany, 1860) ; The Pleasures of Numismatic Science (Phila- 
delphia, 1807) ; History of American Continental Paper Money 
(18GG) ; Poems from the Spanish and German (1878) ; Faust, 
from the German of Chamisso (1681), and four volumes of trans- 





lations from the Spanish, Hungarian and German (1884-7). In 
1862 he became treasurer, and in 1868 secretary of the Numismatic 
and Antiquarian Society of Philadelphia, and in 1880 he became 
secretary of the American Philosophical Society, and five years 
later its librarian. He was a member of many learned societies at 
home and abroad, and in many cases was the only American who 
was thus honored. His works on the currency in the Colonial 
times and during the Revolutionary war were among the earliest 
works on these subjects. The Supreme Court of the United States 
in one of its decisions quoted his book on American Continental 
Money as of the highest authority. 

Among the societies which elected him to membership were the 
Franklin Institute of Philadelphia, the Royal Academy of Palermo, 
and the Antiquarian Society of Cambridge, England. He was also 
a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a corresponding member 
of the Boston Numismatic Society, of the Historical Society of 
Rhode Island, of the Numismatic Society of that State, and of 
similar societies in the States, of Virginia and Wisconsin. His 
letter, written to this Society on accepting his election as a cor- 
responding member, and preserved in our archives, is one of the 
most interesting letters we have. 

Mr. Phillips came from an old and well known American family. 
His grandfather was a lawyer in Philadelphia, and his father, Henry 
M. Phillips, was also a lawyer, a member of Congress, and Presi- 
dent of the Philadelphia Academy of Music. 
By the Rev. Ezra H. BTIXGTOK, D.D. 

William Cowper Peters, A.M., of Jamaica Plain, became a 
life member of this society in 1870. He was born in Boston, 
August 12, 1827, and died at Jamaica Plain, June 14, 1895. He 
attended the public schools in his native city, and in due time was 
prepared for college, and was graduated from Trinity College in 
18-18. He entered upon a business life at first in the employment 
of E. B. Peters & Co. of Boston, in the lumber trade. Later he 
became a partner. He continued in that business until 1876. 
Afterward he opened an office as a real estate and insurance broker. 

He was a well known business man in Boston and continued in the 


^same line of business until his death. 

He was a member of the Legislature of Massachusetts in 1877. 
He was for many years a trustee of Trinity College. He was a 
man of stron^ character, and lived a useful life. He married 
Gertrude Morgan of Hartford, Connecticut. He left two sons, 
Richard 1). Peters and William M. Peters, and a daughter, 
Gertrude C, who is the wife of II. W. Browne. 
By the Rev. E. IE Byington, D.D. 


George Newton Thomson, M.D., of Boston, was elected a 
resident member of this society January 4, 1671, and became a life 
member in 1874. 

lie was born in Providence, Rhode Island, December 29, 1808, 
and died in Boston, July 13, 1895. He was a physician in active 
practice in Boston for more than fifty years, and was a man of 
influence in the city. He received his college training at Columbian 
University, Washington, District of Columbia. At the time of his 
death he was the oldest alumnus of that University. In 1857 he 
was a member of the House of Representatives in Boston. He 
was also a member of the school committee of Boston for a number 
of years. He was interested in historical studies, and was a valu- 
able member of this society. 
By the Rev. E. n. Btixgton, D.D. 

Isaac Francis Wood, A.B., was born July 15, 1841, in the 
old seventh ward of New York city, then known as the Quaker 
Ward. On the paternal side he was descended from Joseph Wood 
of Gloucestershire, England, his grandfather being Samuel Wood 
of Oyster Bay, Long Islaud. His maternal grandfather was John 
Hicks of Hempstead, Long Island. His ancestors were thus of 
Quaker stock. His father, Isaac Wood, M.D., was a prominent 
physician, the founder of the Xew York Institution for the Blind, 
and was interested in many other noble charities. His mother was 
Margaret Morrell, nee Hicks. 

Youncr Wood was baptized Francis Augustus, but some time 
after reaching his majority assumed the named of Isaac Francis 
Wood. He was graduated from Haverford College in the class of 
18G2, receiving the degree* of B. A. On leaving college he became 
a member of the publishing house of William Wood & Co., but 
subsequently retired from active business and devoted himself with 
great zeal to numismatics, acquiring a large collection of coins and 
medals, and an unusually valuable library on the subject. He was 
one of the incorporators of the American Numismatic and Archaeo- 
logical Society of Xew York city in 1864, and was its librarian 
lb'09-l>>79. He was also a member of the Boston Numismatic 
Society, the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Philadelphia, 
of the New York Historical Society, the New York Genealogical 
and Biographical Society, the American Geographical Society, and 
other similar associations. He was elected a corresponding member 
of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society in 1875. 

Mr. Wood was married at St. Mark's Church, New York city, 
on April 20th, I860, to Sarah E. Bowne, daughter of the late 
Richard Ilart^liornc Bowne, a direct descendant of John Bowne of 
Bowne House, Flushing, L. I. She was a sister of Judge Hugh 
H. Bowne of Rah way, New Jersey. Mr. Wood took up his resi- 


dencc at Rahway several years before his death. He was in ill 
health for some time, and at last being stricken with apoplexy, died 
suddenly on Wednesday, September 25, 1895. 
By William "Nelson*, A.M. 


Warren" Fisher, of Boston, was elected a resident member of 
this society June 1, 1870, and became a life member in 1871. 
He was a son of Warren Fisher of Boston by his wife Lucretia 
Bucknam, and was born in Essex street, Boston, September 26, 
1825, and died in the same city April 30, 1896, aged 70. 

His father, Warren Fisher, senior, born at Sharon, Mass., May 
30, 1794, was the head of the firm of Warren Fisher £ Co., manu- 
facturers of oils and candles, Xo. 7 Central wharf. He was a son 
of Aaron and Betsey (Estey) Fisher. The mother, Lucretia 
Bucknam, was the daughter of William and Margaret (Sables) 

Warren Fisher, Jr., our member, was educated in the Boston 
common schools and at the Roxbury Latin School. He entered as 
a boy March 14, 1843, the store of Messrs. F. C. and J. Manning, 
grocers, Xo. 15 Central wharf, and remained with that firm until 
August 23, 1848, when he joined his father and became a partner 
in the firm of Warren Fisher & Co. He afterwards engaged in the 
refining of sugar at South Boston, the firm name being the Adams 
Sugar Refinery. 

He married first November 3, 1855, Maria Richards Lewis, 
daughter of Winslow Lewis, M.D. ; married second January 16, 
1868, Virginia Ellingwood Sistare, daughter of George King 
Sistare of New York. 

By Johx Ward Dea>-, A.M. 

John Allister McAllister, who was elected a corresponding 
member of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society, 2d 
December, 1857, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 20th 
September, 1*22, and died there 22d October, 1896. His father 
was John McAllister, Jr., eon of John McAllister of Glasgow, 
Scotland, and Frances Wardale of Yorkshire, England, born in 
Philadelphia 29th June, 1786, died 17th December, 1877; and 
his mother was Eliza Melville, daughter of William Young of 
Rockland, Delaware, born 2d January, 1790, and died 11th 
November, 1853. 

John McAllister, Jr., entered the University of Pennsylvania in 
1800, was graduated in the class of 1803, and received the degree 
of A.M. in 1816. He was a noted local antiquarian, and collected a 
large and valuable library of books, manuscripts and newspapers. 


John A. McAllister received his education in the classical schools 
of the city, and after a residence in the South, became associated 
with his father and brothers in business, — opticians and mathe- 
matical instrument manufacturers. He was elected a life member 
of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 1855, and for a number 
of years served in its board of Councillors and on the Library Com- 
mittee. He inherited from Ins father his love of historical and 
genealogical research, and he was as prodigal as he was invariably 
courteous to all those who asked his advice or assistance. He was 
a genial companion of all lovers of the olden time and olden 
memories, and his death was lamented by many friends and 


Eeastus E:\moxs Gat, of Burlington, Iowa, was elected a cor- 
responding member of the Xew-England Historic Genealogical 
Society, January 4, 1865. He was the son of Willard and Martha 
(Emmons) Gay, and was born in Dedham, Massachusetts, May 0, 
1820. The father, TVillard Gay, was a prominent citizen of Ded- 
ham, and was the first president of the Dedham Bank. Erastus 
Emmons Gay removed comparatively early in life to Burlington, 
where he died February 1, 1897, leaving a widow (whose maiden 
name was White) and two daughters, one of whom is the widow of 
James Hammond Dorman. 
By the Rev. Geokge M. Bodge, A.M. 

Edward Judki.vs Hill, a resident member of the Society since 
1865, and warmly interested in its work, died at his home in 
Billerica, Massachusetts, Monday, 24th May, 1897. The home in 
which he was born, 1833, Dec. 20, was on the original Ralph 
Hill place, which had remained in the possession of the family since 
the first settlement of the town, in 1653 or near that date. His 
name, Hill, he inherited from his mother, and it is hardly strange 
that, coming into the inheritance of such a place with its history, be 
sought the change of his name from that of his birth, Benjamin 11. 

His lather was Benjamin L. Judkins, who was born in Danbury, 
New Hampshire, 1797, Sept. 17, son of Obadiah, whose father, 
Leonard, married Sarah Cram. Her mother was Betsey Rogers ot 
Brentwood, reputed by tradition to be a descendant of the martyr. 
His mother was Elizabeth, daughter of Peter Hill, whose descent is 
traced in the "History of Billerica," through a line of two Peters and 
two Jonathans, from Ralph, one of the first settlers of the town. 
She died 1885, Nov. 10, at the age of ninety, having outlived her 
husband ten years. She was a woman of uncommon force and 


excellence of character, ami the son's care of his mother during the 
last years of her life beautifully illustrates the best that is possible in 
that relationship. 

His home, of which a good picture may be found in the "History 
of Billeriea," became his absorbing love, and while he allowed no 
ruthless hand to obliterate the traces of its original identity, he 
added, by his own taste and effort, many adornments in and around 
the ancient dwelling. He had a keen and sensitive love of nature, 
and £e\v minds communed more closely with tree, shrub or llower. 
The language of each found a quick interpretation by one so in 
harmony with their lives. He made personations of them, and on 
his lawn, so beautifully interspersed with choice ornamental trees, 
some of them gifts of endeared friends, their realistic presence was a 
charm to his fancy. It was among these that for successive years, 
wishing that others might share what he so much enjoyed, on a 
bright summer's day he would hold what he instituted as ff The 
Farmers' Festival,'' gathering, by universal invitation, all who were 
pleased to come, young or old, rich or poor, with no sectarian bar, 
to share the social greeting and to listen to the music of a band hired 
by him from the city. This gift of pleasure to others he preferred to 
vacation privileges or holiday traveling, and it rebounded to himself 
as a pleasure throughout the year. Yet, singularly happy as he 
was thus to mete out happiness to others, his own peculiarly reticent 
and retiring nature prevented him from many of the social contacts 
of society. He loved quiet and retirement, and with his intellectual 
tastes quietude was not to him solitude. 

He studied at Lawrence Academy, Groton ; and theu became a 
clerk for the firm of A. C. Spring and Co. of Boston. Later he be- 
came a member of the firm, and so remained for many years, retir- 
ing onlv to spend a few of his last years in the quiet and comfort of 
the rr Old Home " to which he was so devoted. He was a member 
of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company; and, when the 
civil war broke out, lie volunteered, but did not pass the necessary 
examination, and therefore failed to enter the army. 

His warm and intelligent interest in the history of his native town 
brought him into very friendly and helpful relations with the writer, 
while he was engaged in the preparation of the "History" before 
named, and he welcomes the opportunity to pay this slight tribute 
to Mr. Hill's memory. 
By the Rev. He.vey A. Haze.v, D.D. 

Rev. Andrew Oliver, A.M., D.D., Professor of Biblical Learn- 
ing in the General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church at New York, was born in Hanover, New Hampshire, on 
the 18th dav of Februarv, 1824. He belonged to a family of ex- 


ceptional worth, distinguished and honored from a very early period 
of Massachusetts history to the present day. 

His immigrant ancestor, Thomas Oliver, came from Sussex, Eng- 
land, in the ship William and Francis in 1032 and settled at Boston. 
He was a practising physician in the infant colony and a man of re- 
ligious convictions and spirit, being one of the founders of the First 
Church and a ruling elder in it. He died in 1657, at the age of 1»0 
years. Peter Oliver, 2 son of Thomas, 1 became a leading merchant 
in his day, as was the case with his son, Daniel 3 , who was also a 
member of the Governor's Council ; a man noted for his benevolence, 
giving, it was said, fr a tenth of his income to pious and Christian 
uses." Andrew 4 , son of the last-named, graduated at Harvard Col- 
lege, was elected to the General Court, and afterwards made secre- 
tary and finally Lieut. -Governor of the Province. A second 
Andrew 5 , also a Harvard graduate, married the daughter of Chief 
Justice Lynde and had, with other children, Thomas Fitch, 6 who, 
after graduating at Cambridge, studied theology and was ordained 
to the work of the ministry in the Protestant Episcopal Church. He 
was Rector of St. Michael's, Marblehead. for several years, going 
thence to St. Thomas's, Baltimore, where he died in 1797. Daniel 
Oliver, 7 son of the last and father of the subject of this sketch, was 
a physician by profession and a man of varied and extensive know- 
ledge, which gave him a wide and notable reputation. He was for 
a time Professor of Intellectual Philosophy in Dartmouth College, 
then Lecturer on Chemistry and Materia Medica in the same institu- 
tion, and, later still, Professor of Phvsiologv in a medical college of 

Andrew Oliver, 3 with whom this notice is chiefly concerned, was 
the fifth of the same family name in regular succession to receive 
collegiate honor at Harvard. Having graduated in 1842, he studied 
law with Rufus Choate, and in due time was admitted to the bar. 
A few years' practice convinced him that the profession was not con- 
genial to his tastes and inclinations, as it was not compatible with 
his higher ambitions and aims in life ; whereupon he abandoned it 
and entered upon a course of theological study and training under 
the direction of Rev. Dr. Pynchon, sometime President of Trinity 
College, Hartford, Connecticut. His first settlement was at Pulaski, 
New York, after which he served awhile as missionary at Dexter 
and rector at Brownville in the same State. In 1 8 5 8 he assumed 
the pastorate of Immanuel Church, Bellows Falls, Vermont, where 
he remained until his recognized scholarship and critical knowledge 
of ancient oriental languages and literature opened his way to a 
more important sphere of usefulness and influence. In 18G4 he was 
elected to the Professorship of Greek and Hebrew at St. Stephens 
College, Annandale, New Jersey. His success at that institution 
and his growing fame as a scholar, teacher and preacher won tor him 


memoirs, lxv 

in 1S73 an appointment to the chair of Biblical Learning in the 
General Theological Seminary ; a position whose duties he dis- 
charged with signal ability tor more than twenty-four years, or until 
a few days before his decease. In connection with his labors at the 
Seminary, Dr. Oliver was pre-eminently useful as Superintendent 
of the Society for Promoting Religion and Learning, under the 
auspices of the denomination to which he belonged, an office to 
which he was chosen in 1878. 

The Dean of the Seminary, in his report to the Trustees for the 
academic year 1897-98, bears unqualified testimony to his high 
character, his superior talents and his great effectiveness as an 
expositor of Scripture teaching; to his unswerving loyalty to his 
own deep convictions, accompanied by a singular modesty in urging 
them upon others and a genuine courtesy towards those who, in 
sincerity and good faith, held opinions differing from his own. He 
was regarded by his compeers and those who knew him best as a 
master in his own denominational Israel, and an exemplar of con- 
scientious fidelity to duty and of holy living in all mortal and 
immortal relations and concerns. 

In 1SG1 Dr. Oliver published a translation of the book of Psalms 
from the Syriac, a language in which he was well versed, as he was 
in other far-away oriental tongues. In 1868 he received the honor- 
ary degree of D.D. from Hobart Free College, Geneva, New York, 
and in 1885 the same degree from the Seminary he served so long and 
so well. He was elected a corresponding member of the X. E. 
Historic Genealogical Society in 1887. He died in the city of Xew 
York, Oct. 17, 1897. 

Bj the Ret. vTilliam S. IIeyavood. 

Addison Child was born in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, January 
30, 1821. He was the son of Captain Amasa and Cynthia (Free- 
man) Child, and was descended from Benjamin Child who died in 
Roxbury in 1078. Ephraim Child came from England in 1630, and 
it is highly probable that Benjamin was his nephew and came with 
him. The line of descent is as follows : — Benjamin 1 ; Joshua 2 , born 
Roxbury 1658, baptized by John Eliot, the apostle to the Indians; 
Isaac, 3 born 1688: Isaac, Jr., 4 born in Brookline, 1722; Abijah, 5 
**born in Brookline, 1748; Capt. Amasa, 6 born 1784, captain in the 
war of 1812. 

At about the age of eighteen years Addison Child went to Balti- 
more and entered the office of his uncle, William Child, an old-time 
merchant of that city. In 1845 he came to Boston and engaged in 
the wholesale coal business, and in 1854 became a member uf the 
firm of Lewis, Audenried 6c Co., the pioneer miners and shippers of 


anthracite coal in this country. On the dissolution of the firm, he 
went into the Adirondack region of Xew York, where he owned a 
large track of forest land, for the purpose of opening it up to 
settlers, and there founded the town of Childwold, which has become 
a flourishing and prosperous community. Here he remained the 
most of the time for the last twenty years of his life, assisting in the 
progress of the town. He was a prominent member of the Somerset 
Club in Boston, and a member of the Temple Club. He was 
elected to the Xew-England Historic Genealogical Society in 1851, 
and became a life member in 1870. He married Abbie Cunning- 
ham Child, daughter of Joshua Child. She died in 1874. Addison 
Child died at Childwold, January 23, 1898, leaving no children. 
Bj Theodore C. Porter, Esq. 

Henry Davenport, of Boston, a resident member of this Society, 
elected February 15th, 1850, and a life member since 1873, was 
born in Boston, November 18th, 1811, and died in Xew York, 
January 24, 1808. He was descended from Thomas Davenport, of 
Dorchester (1640), and was the son of Elijah and Susan (Ward) 
Davenport, whose genealogies are recorded respectively in the pub- 
lished volumes of the Davenport family and Ward family. At the 
breaking out of the war of 1812 his family removed to Hallowell, 
Maine, and the first five years of Mr. Davenport's life were spent 
there. At six years of age, returning to Boston, he entered the 
Hawkins Street School, and afterwards attended in succession the 
Adams School and the Fort Hill School, and entered the Boston 
Latin School in 1821. In 1824 he entered the High School and 
was graduated in 1827, receiving the Franklin Medal. In 1833 
he went to Baltimore, and became, in 1834, a member of the 
firm of Dinsmore & Kyle, commission merchants ; he sold out in 
1836 and returned to Boston. In 1839 he entered the counting- 
room of the York Manufacturing Company, and remained there 
until LS54, when he became connected with the Pacific Mills and 
remained with that corporation until his retirement from business, 
January 1, 1801. 

Mr. Davenport spent many years in genealogical study, furnishing 
much material in the compilation of the genealogies of the Daven- 
port and Ward families ; he was an antiquary and coin collector, at 
one time possessing one of the finest coin collections in Xew England, 
and was for many years Vice-President of the Boston Numismatic 
Society; he was appointed by President Lincoln, during his ad- 
ministration, one of the committee of examination of coinage at the 
U. S. Mint at Philadelphia. He was a life member of the Massa- 
chusetts Horticultural Society and of the Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology, and an annual member of the Archaeological Society. 
He was a member of the Poxbury Common Council for two years, 


MEMOIRS. lxvii 

a member of the Primary School Committee of Boston for three 
years, and Clerk of the Old South Society of Boston for eleven 
years. As an administrator and trustee of estates he was peculiarly 
fitted. In the care and administration of over thirteen estates his 
honesty and integrity were never questioned, and his diligent, con- 
servative and painstaking care of numerous trusts was productive 
of most gratifying results. 

In his retirement from the Pacific Mills after thirty-seven years of 
service, Mr. Henry Saltonstall, the late treasurer, said: fr It is 
impossible to state too strongly my sense of the value to the com- 
pany and to myself of the absolute uprightness and integrity of Mr. 
Davenport ; hundreds of thousands of dollars have been entrusted to 
his care and have been diligently guarded against any kind of loss." 
He married June 14, 1843, Caroline Howe, daughter of Jacob 
Howe of Boston. They had six children, three of whom survive him. 
By George H. Davenport, Esq. 

Frederic Lord Richardson, a resident member, elected June 
2, 1880, died at Boston, January 29, 1898. He was born In Bath, 
Maine, November 7, 1821, and was the son of "William and Harriet 
(Leland) Richardson. 

The family name is one long known in Massachusetts, as the first 
immigrant, Ezekiel, came over with Governor Winthrop in 1030. 
Two brothers, Samuel and Thomas, followed about 1G35. From 
the younger of these Mr. Richardson derived his descent. Woburn 
was the early place of business of the brothers, but the home of the 
immediate ancestors of the subject of this sketch was in Leominster. 
Upon the female side he was the great grandson of Richard King of 
} Scarborough, Maine, whose daughter, Dorcas, married Joseph 

Leland of Saco. She was a woman of great independence and force 
of character, as might be expected from one who was the sister of 
Rufus King, first senator to the United States Congress from the 
State of Xew York, appointed by Washington in 1796 Minister to 
Great Britain, and subsequently to the same high position by John 
Quincy Adams. She was also the sister of William King, the first 
governor of the State of Maine, who was likewise an able man, of 
great strength of will. Thus on both sides Mr. Richardson had a 
good New-England ancestiy of God-fearing men and women, who 
*" served well their day and generation. His early education was re- 
ceived at Bath and in Gorham Academy. He first established him- 
self in business at Xew York, but upon the death of his partner, re- 
turned to Boston. 

When the Hill Manufacturing Company, of Lewiston, Maine, was 
incorporated, he was chosen as treasurer, and held this office con- 
tinuously for forty-five years, until his death. To this position he 
brought an excellent business capacity, sound judgment and an 


integrity which was never questioned. His management was followed 
by deserved success. As a citizen Mr. Richardson was always faith- 
ful to his obligations, but never sought nor held public office. His 
interest in New England and Boston was manifested by his member- 
ship in this, as well as in the Bostonian, Society. Of his private 
life it is needless to speak; for here, as in all the relations of life, he 
was faithful, and in his home and family, with the society of intimate 
friends he found his happiness. An upright man, a good citizen, a 
kind and indulgent father, a firm friend, his loss will long be felt 
and his memory cherished by all who enjoyed his acquaintance or 

Mr. Richardson was married in 1849 to Mary, only child of 
Homer Bartlett of Lowell and Boston, and left as surviving issue 
three sons. 
By Homer Bartlett Richardson, A.B. 

Fra:nxis Vergnies Balcii, A.B., LL.B., was born in Boston, 
February 3d, 1839. He was baptized "Francis," and took the 
name of " Vergnies " on coming of age. 

He was the direct descendant in the eighth generation of John 
Balch, probably of Horton, Somersetshire, England, who with 
Roger Conant, John Woodberry and Peter Palfrey, settled Naum- 
keag (now included in the town of Beverly) in 1626, the four men 
being known as *' The Old Planters." The line is traced as follows : 
John 1 by his wife Marjory had Benjamin, 2 who by his wife Sarah 
Gardner had Freeborn, 3 who by his wife Elizabeth [Skipperway] 
Fairfield had "William, 4 who by his wife Rebecca [Woodbury] Stone 
had Nathaniel, 5 who by his wife Joanna [Baily] Day had John, 6 
who by his wife Eunice [Moses] Bartlett had Joseph, 7 who by 
his second wife Anne Lathrop [NilesJ Xoyes had Francis Verg- 
nies Balch, 9 his eleventh and youngest child. On his mother's 
6ide Mr. Balch was the direct descendant in the eighth generation of 
Nicholas Xoyes who settled at Newbury in 1635. The line of de- 
scent was Nicholas', John, 2 Daniel, 3 Daniel, 4 Samuel, 6 who by his 
wife Rebecca [Wigglesworth] Wheeler had Nathan, 6 who by his 
wife Sarah [Lathrop] Niles had Anne Lathrop Noyes who married 
Joseph Balch in 1827. 

Joseph Balch was the President of the Merchants Insurance Com- 
pany. He died in 1849, his youngest child Francis being then only 
ten years old. Francis, accordingly, grew up at home with his own 
sitter, Eunice Anne, and his own brother, John. His half brother, 
Joseph W. Balch, afterward President of the Boylston Mutual 
Insurance Company, with whom his relations were affectionate, was 
twenty years older than himself. He studied fur college under his 
uncle (by marriage) Stephen M. Weld and entered Harvard in 
1855 at the age of sixteen. During the four years of his college 


life lie worked hard and each year led his class — by a large margin 
it is said. When he graduated in 1859, twenty years old, he was 
both valedictorian and class orator — a conspicuous double honor from 
which lie shrank. The classics, together with a Few modern favor- 
ites, were sources of great and life-long pleasure to him. Hand in 
hand with these tastes went an instinct for nature which led to the 
loving studv of Xew-Ensjland tield botanv. 

Mr. Balch entered the Harvard Law School in 1859, and eigh- 
teen months later graduated and was admitted to the bar. At this 
time he became a partner of Francis Winthrop Palfrey and came 
into professional relations with George S. Hillard. In 18G2, while 
really an invalid, he enlisted as a private in the Twentieth Mass. 
Vol. Keg., of which his partner, Mr. Palfrey, was Lieutenant- 
Colonel. In a few months he was broken down by the hardships of 
the Peninsular campaign, and was barely nursed back to life from 
the ensuing fever. From the effects of this experience it is doubtful 
if he ever entirely recovered. In 1864 he became clerk of the 
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and was for two years 
private secretary of Charles Sumner, and then his general executor 
and one of the literary executors. Sumner was one of his treasured 
memories. At this time he published a few small pamphlets on 
International Law and a new edition of " Blackweli on Tax Titles," 
adding considerable new matter. He made the original suggestion 
for the first Civil Service Reform Bill, drawing it in almost the pre- 
cise form in which it was finally adopted. For a short time Mr. 
Balch was again in partnership with Mr. Palfrey, but in 1807 was 
admitted to the law office of William Minot where he remained for 
many years. 

In 1868 he married his own cousin, Ellen Maria, daughter of Dr. 
Francis Vergnies and Elizabeth [Porter] Noyes, by whom he had 
seven daughters (two of whom died in childhuod) and one son. 
Their married life was very beautiful. Mrs. Baleh's death at Co- 
hasset in 1881 was a loss always vividly present to Mr. Balch, 
though far from embittering or narrowing his life. 

Professionally, success came slowly at lirst and there was time for 
the wide and scholarly reading which backed Mr. Balch in his un- 
usual grasp of Conveyancing and Trust Law. On Mr. Minot's 
death in 1873 he opened an office for himself at 39 Court Street, con- 
tinuing cordial relations with William Minot 2d, as also with 
William Minot 3d, the present representative ofrhename. In 1881 
he admitted Charles S. Rackemann and in 1887 Felix Rackemann to 
the firm of Balch and Rackemann. The office was in 1889 removed 
to 23 Court Street. 

Mr. Balch died quite suddenly on February 1th, 1898, of pneu- 
monia with complications. For years his strength of spirit had been 
out of all proportion to his frailty of body. 


Of his personal character this is not the place to speak. An idea 
of it might be had from the feeling of devotion — almost worship — he 
inspired in all who knew him : sometimes in those who knew him 
only slightly. He was a man of many and beautiful friendships. 
His great service was the demonstration that success in the world of 
competition is consistent with perfect gentleness, courtesy, charity, 
and the literal and every day application of the Golden Rule. His 
fitting eulogy was from the mouths of his associates of the bar, met 
to honor him after death. His fitting memorial is the good he did, 
which still lives after him. 
By Francis Xotes Balch. 

George Plumer Smith was born in West Xewton (then Pobbs- 
town), Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, May 22, 1815. He 
was the son of James Smith and Polly (Plumer) Smith. James 
Smith, a native of County Tyrone, Ireland, came to this country at 
twelve years of age, landing in Philadelphia. The family crossed 
the mountains early in the century and settled near West Xewton. 
In the war of 1812 James Smith served in a troop of cavalry under 
Gen. Harrison and took part in the defence of Fort Meigs in 1813. 

Through his mother George Plumer Smith traced his descent 
from a line of illustrious ancestors settled in England before the 
conquest. The Plumers came to this country at an early day. 
Francis Plumer, an ancestor of George Plumer Smith, was one of 
the original grantees of Xewburyport, Massachusetts. Jonathan 
Plumer, Mr. Smith's great-grandfather, removed from Massa- 
chusetts to Pennsylvania in 1750, and was Commissary General to 
General Braddock in 1755. He also served in the army of General 
Forbes which in Xovember, 1758, took possession of Fort Duquesne. 
His son, George Plumer, grandfather of Mr. Smith, was born De- 
cember 5, 1761. He was a representative in Congress from 
Pennsylvania from 1821 to 1827. 

In. 1830 George Plumer Smith went to Pittsburg and found em- 
ployment in a large dry goods house. Some years later he entered 
into partnership with Wade Hampton and William Ebbs in the 
wholesale dry goods business, which proved highly successful. In 
1851 he made an extended tour in Europe and the East. Soon after 
his return he retired from business with an ample fortune. When 
^the civil war broke out, the Quartermaster's Department found the 
supply of woolen army cloth for the equipment of the 100,000 men 
called into the field after the battle of Bull Run, had not been 
delivered by the contractors, and on the urgent suggestion of 
General McLcllan it was decided to send an agent to Europe to 
make the necessary purchases. Mr. Smith wa3 designated for this 
mission by President Lincoln, ami he sailed for Europe October 10, 
1861. The uncertainty of the political situation in the United States 


3IEM0IRS. lxxi 

at that time caused our European creditors much uneasiness, and 
required great skill on the part of Mr. Smith in conducting his 
negotiations. lie was, however, entirely successful, and on his re- 
turn refused to accept any compensation from the Government. 
After this he spent some years in New York and in Franklin, 
Pennsylvania, where he owned valuable oil lands. In 1876 he re- 
moved to Philadelphia, which then became his permanent home. 

He was a charter member of the Union League, and a member of 
the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and of the Cobden Club 
in London. He was deeply interested in the study of history and 
genealogy, and was a member of the Historical Society of Pennsyl- 
vania, of the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society and 
of the Historical Society of Wisconsin. He became a life member 
of the Xew-Enaland Historic Genealogical Societv in 1881, and in 
his will bequeathed to that Society the sum of ten thousand dollars. 
After providing liberally for many relatives and personal friends, he 
devoted the bulk of his large estate to asylums and hospitals, making 
the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia his residuary legatee. 

Mr. Smith was a man of striking presence, one to be noticed 
among a thousand. He was tall, well proportioned, with an in- 
tellectual countenance, full of expression and character. In con- 
versation, possessed of a courtly manner, he was deeply interesting. 
He had travelled widely, had met many notable men, had studied 
much and to advantage, and he overflowed with knowledge, which 
he imparted in a fascinating manner. He never married. He died 
in Philadelphia, February 13, 1898. 

A fuller memoir of Mr. Smith will appear in an early number of the Register. 

John Thomas Scharf, A.M., LL.D., was born in Baltimore, 
Maryland, May 1, 1843, and died at 88 Manhattan Avenue, Xew 
York City, Feb. 2$, 1898. His death was caused by paralysis of 
the heart. He was the second son of Thomas G. Scharf, a grain 
merchant of Baltimore. His education was obtained at St. Peter's 
Roman Catholic Parochial School, and Calvert Hall, Baltimore, 
and Mt. St. Mary's College, Emmittsburg, Maryland. 

After leaving school, he entered his father's employment, but soon 
enlisted in the Fir^t Maryland Artillery of the Confederate Army. 
"When he enlisted, June 1, 1861, he was still under age. He 
6erved in the Confederate Army for two years, being thrice wounded, 
at Cedar Kun, Second Manassas and Chancellors ville. The last 
of these wounds was so serious that he was sent to a hospital in 
Richmond. lie was then appointed a midshipman in the Confed- 
. erate Navy as a reward for his gallant conduct in the battle of Cedar 
Ruu. He served on a number of vessels, among them the steamer 
Sampson, with which he remained at Savannah until the city was 
evacuated by General Beauregard, when the vessel was ordered up 


the Savannah River to burn the Savannah and Charleston Railroad 
bridge, and thence to Augusta. From Augusta, he received orders 
to go to Richmond and, on arriving there, was directed to proceed 
to Canada with despatches. He was taken prisoner by a Federal 
cavalryman at Port Tobacco, Maryland, and was confined in the 
old Capitol prison in Washington until the end of the war. He then 
returned to Baltimore and engaged in the lumber business. After- 
ward he was en paired in the same business in Petersburg, Virginia, 
but soon returned to Baltimore. 

He retired from business, began the study of law and was admit- 
ted to the Baltimore County Bar in 1873. He had meantime 
become interested in the National Guard of Maryland, was elected 
captain, and lieutenant colonel of the Second Regiment, and served 
as colonel on the governor's staff, from which fact he was usually 
known as Colonel Scharf. While practising law, he became inter- 
ested in politics and was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates 
in 187 7. From 1888 to 1892, he was commissioner of the land 
office of Maryland. From 1893 to 1897, he served as Chinese 
inspector at the port of New York under appointment of President 
Cleveland. On his resignation from that position, he took up the 
practice of law in New York City. He had charge of the Mary- 
land exhibit at the Xew Orleans exposition and was also a commis- 
sioner to the Atlanta exposition. 

He was an indefatigable student and compiler of historical mate- 
rial, gathering, in the preparation of his works, old manuscripts, 
pamphlets, and books from all possible sources. Many of these 
he sold, but a large part of his collections he presented to the Johns 
Hopkins University in 1893. As a historical writer, his work was 
chiefly confined to the State of Maryland, and he diligently searched 
the files of old newspapers for items of historic interest. His 
K Chronicles of Baltimore " appeared in 1874, incorporating Grif- 
fith's "Annals of Baltimore" and continuing the work, with impor- 
tant additions, to the date of publication. In 1879, his "History 
of Maryland" in three volumes was published. Tins is the most 
extensive history of the State ever written. These books were fol- 
lowed by " Baltimore City and County," a ponderous royal octavo, 
in 1881, and the f; History of Western Maryland" in two volumes 
in 1882. He also published a " History of Westchester County," 
Xew York a "History of the Confederate States' Navy" in 1887, 
a "History of Delaware" in two volumes, and a "History of St. 
Louis," Missouri, in two volumes ; while he was also associated 
with Mr. T. Westcott in the preparation of a ff History of Philadel- 
phia," in three volumes, which appeared in 188-1. 

Col. Scharf married Miss Mary McDougal of Baltimore in 18(58 
and had two daughters and one ton. 
By Bernard C. Steixee, Ph.D. 

.0.4 iWJi uv < Vis.; 

MEMOIRS. Ixxiii 

Franklin Stiles Phelps, a life member since 1877, died in 
Lynn, Massachusetts, after a long illness, March 5, 189$, aged 
sixty-four years. He was, born at Fort Covington, Franklin County, 
New York, September 1«T, 1833. His father was James Phelps, 
who was born at Alstead, Xew Hampshire, August 28, 1794, and 
his mother was Rebecca (Willard) Phelps, born at Fitchburg, 
Massachusetts, February 28, 1795. His father dying in August, 
1838, before the son was five years old, the son came east with his 
mother and resided in Stoddard, New Hampshire, until 1852, when 
he came to Boston an entire stranger and engaged in business, 
mainly the insurance business, in which he became a junior partner 
in the firm of Oliver Brewster, doing business on State Street. At 
the death of Oliver Brewster he succeeded to the business, under 
the firm name of F. S. Phelps & Co. In 1867 he purchased the 
estate numbered 708 Boston Street, Lynn, near East Snugus, and 
resided there until his death. He was educated principally at Tubbs 
Union Academy, "Washington, Xew Hampshire, was fond of art 
and literature, and was all his life a great student, collecting a 
library of two thousand volumes, and occasional newspaper articles 
were his only literary efforts. He held the office of notary public 
and was a member of Joseph TTarren Lodge of Free Masons, Bos- 

Mr. Phelps married October 14, 1863, Mary Elizabeth Richard- 
eon, daughter of Samuel Richardson of Boston. His wife's death 
occurred about eight weeks before his own. Their children were 
James Franklin, born at Boston, December 10, 1864, now a resi- 
dent of Lynn ; John Samuel, born at Stoddard, Xew Hampshire, 
August 26, 1866, a physician at 89 Charles Street, Boston: and 
\Yillard Schetky, born at Lynn, December 28, 1868, died Februaiy 
5, 1874. 

By William R. Cutter, Esq. 

AVilliam Cothrex, A.M., was born in Farmington, Maine, Xo- 
vember '2S f 1819, of Scotch ancestry, the name being originally Coch- 
rane. He was the son of William and Hannah (Cooper) Cothren. 
Graduating at Bowdoin College in 1843, he began his law studies at 
his home, but the next year removed to \Voodhury, Connecticut, 
where he continued his studies under Judge Charles B. Phelps, and 
was admitted to practice in the courts of Connecticut in 1845. He 
soon gained a lucrative business and held and maintained a high 
rank among the distinguished attorneys of the Litchfield County 
Bar for more than fifty years. Always active, energetic and studi- 
ous, the law did not occupy his whole time, and the incidents of the 
early history of his adopted town and those adjoining presented a 
rich field for his mind and labor, aod in ten years he had gathered 


a great etore of local historical matter, -which he edited and pub- 
lished in 1854, as the first volume of ^The History of Ancient 
"Woodbury."' It was one of the pioneers of the now innumerable 
town histories, and a model in its -way. Two additional volumes 
have been issued since that time comprising more recent events. He 
was until his death constantly occupied in genealogical and historical 
work, having been a corresponding member of the Xew-England 
Historic Genealogical Society since 1847, a member and vice presi- 
dent of the Connecticut Historical Society and a corresponding 
member of other state historical societies. 

In his chosen profession, Mr. Cothrenwas for thirty years actively 
engaged in the trial of causes in court, and was employed in many 
of the most important trials in the State. He was often in the 
Supreme Court of Errors, and his briefs and arguments were ex- 
haustive of the law on his side of the action, and no attorney dared 
to presume that he would overlook any point. He was admitted to 
the Supreme Court of the United States in 1865, and had some 
practice before it. In the trials of fact before the Superior Court, 
and Courts of Common Pleas, he had a rare faculty of presenting 
his own side, and of extracting admissions by cross-examination from 
the opposing side, and in impressing the jury favorably. His man- 
ner was pleasing and his presence striking. He never indulged in 
oratorical flights, but talked plainly and to the point. His oppo- 
nents were liable to feel his sarcasm, and that perhaps was his great- 
est fault, — he was too bitter and relentless towards his foes. 

He was an active politician and held during his long life many 
public offices, representing his town in the General Assembly and 
the district in the Senate. He was one of the earliest members of 
the Republican party, and was justly proud of its success in the 
cause of human freedom. In the Civil War of 1861, he gave up 
his whole time and means to patriotic work, and while physically 
unable to take to the field in person he did the noblest kind of home 
service, for which he was amply rewarded by the honored place 
Ancient Woodbury held at the front. At the close of the war he 
became very active in obtaining pensions for the disabled veterans 
and those depending on them, seldom receiving any remuneration 
therefor. His great knowledge of history and his faculty for relat- 
ing such matters, and his overflowing humor, caused him to be in 
great demand as a speaker on the occasion of any public celebration 
in his vicinity, and his orations on those occasions were almost 
always supplemented by an appropriate humorous poem. He was 
a rapid and prolific writer, contributing frequently to periodicals 
both in prose and in verse. He published several pamphlets ot a 
local nature besides the great work of his life, the three volume* 
of his town's history, which have long been out of print and are 
not easily obtained. While in debate he was sarcastic and often- 

MEMOIRS. lxxv 

give, his writings are singularly free from all inveetive or unpleasant 
allusions to persons, and he excelled in newspaper obituaries. 

He had a beautiful home, situated on the broad main street of the 
town, and surrounded by shade and ornamental trees, with the 
grounds skilfully laid out. Here he and his wife, Mary J. Steele, 
lived many happy years, having only one child, a daughter who 
with the mother and wife were called home years ago, and the patri- 
arch, infirm from rheumatic troubles, lived among his treasured 
books and papers, still a student, young in heart and clear in mind, 
tenderly cared for by stranger hands till March 11, 1898, when he 
joined the loved wife and child. 

Rev. Solon Wanton Bush, D.D., a member of this society 
since 1860, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, February 11, 1819, 
and died in Boston, March 19, 1898. He was a son of Thomas 
and Mary (Borden) Bush, and was a direct descendant of Gov- 
ernor Wanton Clark, who was first elected governor of Rhode Island 
in 1676. Mr. Bush was educated in the Newport schools, and 
entered into commercial life, but as that was distasteful to him, he 
made up his mind to prepare for the Unitarian ministry. He there- 
fore resumed his studies, fitted for college, and was admitted to 
Brown University in 1841, graduating in the class of 1815. He 
then entered the Harvard Divinity School, from which he was grad- 
uated in 1843. 

•His first settlement was over the Unitarian Society of Barling- 
ton, Vermont. In June, 1849, he married Theoda Davis Foster. 
He remained in Burlington for five years, at the end of which time 
he accepted a call to the pastorate of the Unitarian Church of Brat- 
tlcboro', Vermont, which trust he filled for three years. In 1857 
he went to Medfield, Massachusetts, a3 pastor of the First Church, 
remaining there till 1864. In 1863 he assumed the editorial charge 
of the Christian Register, occupying the position of editor-in- 
chief till 1872, at which time he retired from active work on the 
paper; though he was a member of its editorial board, and influ- 
enced its pulicy till the time of his death. In 1873 he again 
resumed ministerial duties by accepting the pastorate of the Uni- 
tarian Church at Xeedham, Massachusetts, over which society he 
^presided till 1888, giving up his duties at that time on account 
«/>f failing health. After resigning his parish, he occupied hi3 time 
in traveling and in literary work, for which latter, he was especially 
fitted. He was fond of history, and for a succession of winters 
gave a course of lectures on American History, and American 
Statesmen, before the Young Men's Christian Union. 

His editorial work was a pleasure, and was a natural sequence 
of his early training. In addition to his connection with the Regis- 



ter 9 he served, at different times, as correspondent to various news- 
papers, lie was the regular correspondent of the London Dnihf 
JVeics during the \Var of the Rebellion : and was well known to 
the readers of the Woman $ Journal and also to those of the Lou- 
don Enquirer. His journalistic instinct was so well recognized 
that he was often called upon to report the doings of early Unitarian 
conferences. In speaking of his connection with the London Xrir.<, 
Dr. E. E. Hale said of him : " "When the great crisis of this civil 
war of ours came on, and when the London Daily 2few$ — the 
principal agency by which liberalism and freedom expressed them- 
selves day by day to London and the people of England — when the 
London 2Feics wanted their regular correspondent in this country-, 
this country minister (Mr. Bush) was the man who did that work 
better for them than any senator of the United States, than any 
member of the House of Representatives, than any one of the 
journalists who are the sophists of our modern civilization." 

At a memorial service held at the American Unitarian Associa- 
tion building, a life long friend said, in speaking of his influence as 
editor of the Register, "He made the paper a more natural paper 
than it was : he made it show, what so few religious papers do show, 
what the word f religion ' is and what it means ; that it is better for 
the people of the day to study the history of to-day than to discover 
what were the relations of the Greek Church and the Roman Church 
in the eleventh century." 

Mr. Bush's pastoral relations might be described as of K the good 
old fashioned kind." He was interested in all things pertaining to 
his parishoners' welfare ; he was a trusty counselor, and was always 
ready to hold out a helping hand to the needy and afflicted or give 
a word of encouragement to the strue^lin^. All his life he was 
interested in Unitarianism and Unitarian work. His early train- 
ing was under the ministrv of Dr. Channinsr, and he was in close 
contact with such Unitarian leaders as Gannett, Dewey, Parker and 
their comrades. During the last two years of his life he occupied 
his leisure moments in writing his reminiscences of these and other 
leaders, and his last address in public was before the Boston Minis- 
terial Association, at which meeting he read from those memoirs. 
He died suddenly, March 19, 1<8!>S. He had been somewhat feeble 
in body for some months, but his mind was clear and active to the 
last. The very morning of his death he wrote a sentiment tor a 
birthday calendar which was to be presented to friend about his own 
age. It showed his Christian faith and was well fitted to his own 
life. It was: f ' Old age is lovely as seen in a life of more than 
four score years brightened by a Christ faith and rich in peace and 

By Joirx Standisu Foster Bcsh, M.D. 


Roland Wortiiixgtox, son of Jonathan and Fannie (Smith) 
Worthington, was born 22 Sept., 1817, in the portion of Spring- 
field, Massachusetts, which was later incorporated as Agawain. 
His Hither, born there 29 Sept., 1779, was a sturdy, intelligent 
fanner, who took lively interest in the town's affairs and filled sev- 
eral town offices ; his mother was born at Groton, Connecticut, 
August, 1784. 

Koland graduated from the district school of his native town into 
the sterner school of work at the age of twelve, supporting and edu- 
cating himself for the next eight years. In March, 1837, he found 
employment in the counting-room of the Boston Daily Advertiser, 
then under the editorship of Xathan Hale. Close application to 
business seriously impaired his health; and, in 1843, a journey up 
the Mediterranean gave him, by actual observation, an enlarged 
knowledge of Europe, and a supplemental winter passed in the 
South furnished a practical insight into the political and social con- 
ditions, which wa3 of much value to him, as the great questions 
raised by the Civil War were developed. In June, 1845, he took 
charge of the Daily Evening Traveller, which was launched 1st 
April, 1845, projected as a strictly orthodox paper by its originators 
and first editors, Rev. George Punchard and Dea. Ferdinand An- 
drews ; from that time until 1 May, 1890, its history and his own 
were "one and inseparable." Later the State Register was incor- 
porated with the paper, and subsequently the Atlas, Daily Bee 
and the Chronicle were merged into it, a consummation by the 
then (1857) editor, which was, however, deemed Quixotic by the 
proprietor, as it soon after proved. The finances, often so limited 
as to be insufficient for the payment of the employes on Saturday, 
were divided among them, and he walked to his home in Koxbury be- 
cause of the lack of the price for omnibus fare. 

All of the Boston dailies, in the early days, save the JTail and 
Times', were slx-pennv sheets, and newsboys were not permitted to 
cry any of them for sale on the streets ; they were sold " by subscrip- 
tion only." In 1848 Daniel Webster arranged a meeting at Marsh- 
field, on the political issues of the hour. Gen. Zachary Taylor had 
been nominated for the Presidency. Mr. Worthington engaged Dr. 
James W, Stone, an expert stenographer of that time, to report Mr. 
Webster's address, in which the ''Great Expounder " described Tay- 
lor's nomination as one " not fit to be made" ; he drove the doctor to 
the scene, and, with his notes, back to Boston, distancing all other 
papers. The '' Traveller extra " of the next morning had an im- 
mense sale, the newsboys crying lustily through the day. The re- 
port was sent to the X'. Y. Herald and later formed the basis for 
the formation of the "Press Association." The news of the French 
devolution of 1848 was telegraphed from New York, the first sent 
over the wires from that city, published in Boston. Its importance 



strangely escaped observation in the offices of the other papers, but 
the press facilities of the Traveller were exerted to their utmost, 
and the newsboys' cry of "Traveller Extra. — Revolution in France. 
— Fall of Louis Philippe," resounded upon every thoroughfare ; — 
the day of newspapers "by subscription only" was ended. 

Mr. Worthington was one of the earliest of the "Free Soilers " of 
Massachusetts, and joined the Republican party at its organization, 
continuing through life steadfast to its principles. In 1859 he rep- 
resented Roxbury in the Legislature. In 18 GO hi3 paper was first 
to suggest the name of the man who became the great War Gover- 
nor of Massachusetts, and in 1869 its entire influence was exerted 
to expose and overthrow the corruption winch existed in the Boston 
Police Department and which sought entrenchment through its can- 
didate for the mayoralty. The triumphant re-election of Dr. Nath- 
aniel B. Shurtleff was the result, and the reorganizing of the muni- 
cipal affairs of the city was immediately begun. 

By his service upon the staff of Gov. "William Claflin, 1869-7*2, 
Mr. Worthington acquired the rank and title of colonel. In 1873 
and '74 he served in the Boston Board of Aldermen. When in 
1879 the political status of the Commonwealth was so seriously 
threatened, he brought forward the name of John D. Long, and, 
although strenuously opposed by the other Republican dailies of 
Boston, he was nominated and elected. Again in 1883 against 
every other Republican paper in Boston, George D. Robinson was 
advocated as the man for the occasion, and the result need not be 
stated here. In the broad field of national affairs Mr. Worthington 
was zealous and watchful, his position always firm and uncompro- 
mising, his approval of that deemed just and right was unstinted, 
and his condemnation of wrong or injustice was not withheld. His 
nomination as Collector of the Port of Boston in 1882 was without 
his solicitation, and his service of four years in the position was 
faithfully performed, although the Traveller was always under his 
watchful control. While he did very little writing for its columns, 
all editorials were required to have the endorsement of "R. W." by 
his hand upon the proof, before publication. His benefactions were 
countless, but generally unknown, save to the recipient; the do- 
serving poor or distressed were always patiently heard, and their 
appeal was never made in vain. Many who subsequently gained 
eminence and wealth obtained their start in life in his employ, and 
owe their success in great degree to the teachings and encourage- 
ments from him received. He was a regular attendant with the 
w First Religious Society " of Roxbury, — a resident member of the 
N. E. Hist. Geneal. Soc. since 1882 ; a member of the Mass. Hor- 
ticultural Soc, and one of the oldest members of the Massachusetts 
Club. Love for home and family precluded desire for secret asso- 
ciations, fraternal or otherwise. He married Abbie Bartlctt Adams, 

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26 April, 1854, and four children were born to him — a son who de- 
ceased at the age of two years, another who bears the father's name, • 
and two daughters who. with their mother, surrounded him when, 
on the 20th March, 1898, at the age of more than four score years, 
his mortal life ended. 
By I. Gilbert Robblvs. 

Col. Wheelock Graves Veazey, LL. D., a resident member 
fince 1892, was born in Brentwood, Rockingham County, Xew 
Hampshire, Dec. 5, 1835, and died in Washington, D. C., March 
22, 1898. He was a son of Jonathan and Anne (Stevens) Veazey, 
and was the youngest of ten children. His grandfather, Jonathan 
Veazey, and his great grandfather, Benjamin Veazey, were citizens 
of Brentwood. He was fitted for college at Phillips Exeter Acad- 
emy, was graduated at Dartmouth College in the class of 1859, and 
at the Albany Law School in 1860. He continued his law studies 
for some months, under the Hon. Oilman Marston, at Exeter, and 
opened a law office at Springfield, Windsor Co., Vermont, in De- 
cember, 1860. 

In May, 1861, soon after the outbreak of the war, he enlisted in 
Company A of the Third Vt. Regiment and was elected captain of 
the company, and in August was promoted to the rank of major, 
and a little later was made lieutenant-colonel. In October, 1862, 
he was appointed Colonel of the Sixteenth Vermont Regiment, 
which he commanded till it was mustered out in August, 1863. 
Col. Veazey took part in the seven days battle before Richmond, 
under McClellan, and at one time was on the staff of Gen. \V. F. 
(Baldy) Smith. At the Battle of Gettysburg, his regiment formed 
a part of the third division of the First Army Corps, under General 
Doubleday, and rendered signal service in the flank attack upon 
Pickett's division, and in the celebrated repulse of the same on the 
third day of the battle. His efficient service in that battle won for 
him a Congressional medal. 

On his return to Vermont, at the close of 1863, though hi3 health 
was much impaired, Col. Veazey resumed the practice of law at 
Rutland. He was reporter of the decisions of the Supreme Court 
from 1864 to 1872, publishing nine volumes; State Senator, 1872- 
3 ; Registrar in Bankruptcy from 1873 until the repeal of the law; 
Commissioner for revising the laws of the State in 1880, and Judge 
of the Supreme Court of Vermont 1879 to 1889, when he resigned 
to accept a position on the Interstate Commerce Commission, serv- 
ing until 1897, when his health failed. He was a delegate-at-large 
to the Republican National Convention in 1876. He was trustee of 
Dartmouth College from 1880 to 1892,' and was given the degree of 
LL.D. by his Alma Mater in 1887. Col. Veazey took great in- 
terest in the Grand Army of the Republic, being Commander of the 


Roberts Post, Rutland, when first organized ; Commander of the 
department of Vermont for three years and Judge Advocate Gen- 
eral, 1887-8. In 1890, at the National Encampment in Boston, 
he was elected Commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Re- 
public. He delivered many public addresses ou military and literarv 

Col. Veazey had great versatility and put his best efforts into 
everything he undertook. He was honest, sincere, of sterling char- 
acter, a brave soldier, an able lawyer, a learned and upright judge. 
As a lawyer he will be remembered as the defender of Phair in the 
eight trials on the indictment for murder. Ou the 23d of June, 
1861, he was married to Julia A. Beard, daughter of the Hon. 
Albin and Julia A. (Young) Beard of Nashua, New Hampshire. 
She survives him, with two children, Anne Gettysburg (Mrs. Clif- 
ford S. Walton), and Albin B. Veazey. The funeral took place in 
"Washington and the interment in the National Cemetery at Arling- 
By David H. Buown, A3. 

William Smith Hills, LL.B., was born at Silver Creek, Floyd 
County, Georgia, Nov. 4, 1837. He was the son of Dennis and 
Eliza Ann (Henderson) Hills. His immigrant ancestor was Joseph 
Hills, who was born in Billericay, Essex County, England, in 1(302, 
and in 1G38 with his wife, Rose, came to New England in the ship 
n Susan and Ellen," and settled at Charlestown, Massachusetts. 
Johnson says of him : fr He was a man active for to bring the laws 
of the country in order." He was selectman in 1644, Speaker of 
the General Court in 1647, and later was representative from 
Maiden and from Newbury. The line of descent is as follows : 
Joseph 1 ; Samuel 2 (1652-1732) a soldier in King Philip's war; 
Smith, 3 born Newbury, 1706; Smith, 4 born Newbury, 1763; 
Dennis, 5 born Leominster, Mass., 1800; William Smith. 6 

William Smith Hills was educated in Georgia Scientific Institute, 
graduated in the law department of Harvard College 1860, and took 
course of civil law in the College of Erance at Paris 1860-61. He 
then studied two or three years in Germany. Returning to Georgia, 
he enlisted in the cavalry service under Gen. Eorrest and was 
surrendered with General Richard Taylor's command in 1865. His 
own comment on this period is : " Our South made a heroic struggle, 
but our secession was a mistake." After the war he practised law in 
Rome, Georgia, for ten or eleven years, and in 1872 removed to bt. 
Louis, where he rose to eminence in his profession and " began to 
accumulate a fortune." In 1881 he went to El Paso, engaging in 
real estate and commercial affairs. He became one of the leading 
men of the growing Texas city, was closely identified with its pro- 
gress and co-operated generously in all its public and charitable 

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enterprises. After some years at El Paso his health showed signs of 
declining and he gave up business and removed to New York. He 
spent much time in Europe in these later years. He died in 
Charleston, South Carolina, March 26*, 1898. 

Mr. Hills became a member of the New-England Historic Genea- 
logical Society in 189 G. He was a man of scholarly attainments 
and wide information. He spoke German, French and Spanish 
fluently and could converse in Italian and Hebrew. He enjoyed 
reading the Greek and Latin authors in the original. He was a 
genial, attractive, warm hearted man, drawing to himself the confi- 
dence and affection of those who shared his friendship. 

He married in 18G5 Miss Mary Cooper Cleghorn, who survives 
him with two children, Mrs. Florence Eliza (Hills) Waters, wife of 
Dudley E. Waters of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Mr. Lee Hills 
of New York. 

By the Bey. Geoege AT. Ad-uj s, D.D. 

Eev. William Makepeace Tiiater, A.B., was born in Frank- 
lin, Massachusetts, February 23, 1820. He was the son of Davis 
Thayer, a leading citizen and manufacturer of Franklin, whose de- 
scendants have always retained great influence in the affairs of their 
native town. His mother was Betsey (Makepeace) Thayer. 
Young Thayer fitted for college at the Franklin academy, and was 
graduated from Brown University in 1843. After this he taught 
school for several years in Attleboro', South Braintree and Frank- 
lin. Meantime he had been studying theology with the Rev. Jacob 
Ide, of West Medway, and was licensed to preach by the Mendon 
conference of the Congregational Church in 1844. His first pastor- 
ate was at Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard ; from there he went to 
Ashland, Massachusetts, where he was installed in June, 1849, and 
where he remained until 1857. This period of his life was entirely 
successful, but upon its completion he gave up the work of the active 
ministry on account of a difficulty with his throat. He continued to 
preach occasionally, however, until the end of his life, and was 
always in demand in the pulpits of the neighboring churches of all 
denominations, on account of his genial spirit, his fresh and vigorous 
thought and his remarkable breadth and catholicity of spirit. 

After leaving the pastorate at Ashland he was engaged as editor 
of the Home Monthly Magazine, a position which he continued to 
hold for five years, until 1862. During all these years he had been 
very active in the anti-slavery movement, as* well as in the temper- 
ance reform. Twice he was sent to the legislature, once from Ash- 
land and again from Franklin in 1803. So prominent did he be- 
come as a public servant of the reform interests that he was made 
secretary of the Massachusetts Temperance Alliance, a position 
which he held for fifteen years, resigning in 1878. During the 


last thirty years of his life his time was chiefly given to authorship, 
where he achieved success as a writer of juvenile books, such as very 
few have attained. The number of his published books is more than 
forty, including the lives of many of our public men of the civil war 
period, a young people's history of the civil war in four volumes, and 
the lives of many successful Americans of a later period. Some of 
these have been translated into a dozen languages, and have reached a 
total circulation which is phenomenal. Of his Life of Garfield more 
than a million copies were sold, and not the larger part in this 
country. Several times rival editions were published in the same 
foreign country, owing to lack of international copyright ; and in one 
instance, a volume was translated three times and published in three 
rival editions in Italy alone. 

He was one of the first writers in our country to adopt a simple 
.and natural style, such as was adapted to the comprehension of 
young people. This doubtless contributed a greal deal to his 
6uccess, but in addition to this he had many other qualities of mind 
and heart which were vital elements in his success with young 
people. He was brave, manly, and generous, always just to an 
opponent and always kind to the unfortunate. The real secret of 
his success was his deep sympathy with all mankind, the erring and 
helpless as well as the more fortunate. This always kept him 
young. He never lost his interest in contemporary life, especially 
the young life of his day. He was known in all the schools about 
him as a constant friend and sympathetic counselor. Some day his 
statue ought to rise before the Franklin schools, beside that of his 
fellow townsman, Horace Mann. He was elected a member of the 
Kew-England Historic Genealogical Society in 1872. 

In 1845 Mr. Thayer married Rebecca \V. Richards, of Dover, 
Massachusetts, who survives him. Of their five children, two are 
now living — Eugene R. of Colorado, and Addison M. of Franklin. 
Mr. Thayer died on the eighth of April, 1893, and his ashes rest in 
the Franklin Cemetery. 

By William G. Ward. 

PiiiLir Howes Seafj;, a resident member from 1855, was born at 
Brewster, Massachusetts, Dec. 30, 1822, and died in Boston, May 1, 
1898. His father, John Sears, was a descendant of the pioneer, 
Richard Sears or Sares (John, 8 Edward, 5 Willard, 4 John, 3 Paul, 1 
•Richard 1 ), who came from England before 1033, and was one of the 
founders of the ancient town of Yarmouth. Philip H. Sears owned, 
at the time of his death, the ancestral estate, situated on the borders of 
East Dennis and Brewster. Among his direct ancestors were in- 
cluded several who distinguished themselves for bravery, as Capt. 
Paul Sears, who commanded a company in the Narraganset "S\ ar ; 
and Edward Sears, our associate's grandfather, who was a Revolu- 



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tionary soldier. Through maternal lines he could trace his lineage 
from Elder William Brewster, Gov. Thomas Prince, Elder John 
Chipman, John Rowland and other well known Plymouth Colony 
6ettlers. Pie was graduated from Harvard College in the class of 
1844, standing second in a class which included such men as 
Francis Parkman, Leverett Saltonstall and other names widely 
known. He chose the profession of law ; was called to the 
College as a tutor in 1848, but remained only a single year, and 
was graduated from the Law School in 1849. Admitted to the bar 
at once, he took high rank in the profession. In addition to an 
important general practice, he was retained as the attorney of The 
Old Colony Railroad Company, The Boston Water Power Co. and 
other corporations. He was a member of the City Council in 1888 ; 
representative to the Legislature in 1860-1 ; overseer of Harvard 
College,fcl859 to 1SG5 ; a trustee of the Public Library. He took 
much interest in historical subjects ; joined the Society of Colonial 
Wars, the Bostonian Society, as well as the Historic Genealogical 
Society ; was vice-president of the Cape Cod Association ; a mem- 
ber of the Archaeological Institute and the American Association for 
the Advancement of Science. He was also connected with the 
Somerset, Country, Thursday Evening and L^nitarian Clubs. He 
had been a worshiper at King's Chapel and a vestryman of the parish 
for thirty years or more. 

He married, April 23, 1861, Sarah Pratt Lyman, daughter of 
George W. and Mrs. Anne (Pratt) Lyman, a sister of the late Mrs. 
Robert Treat Paine. She survives him with their five children. Of 
these one son, Francis Philip, is a lawyer; the other son, Richard, 
is a real estate dealer. 
By the Key. Chakles Hexsy Pope, A.B. 

Rt. Rev. William Stevens Perry, D.D./D.C.L., LL.D., 

was elected a corresponding member of this Society, February 7, 
1873. He wa3 born in Providence, Rhode Island, January 22, 
1832. The following is his paternal ancestry: Stephen [vide 
Register, xxiv. 196], Samuel, Abel. His mother was Catharine 
Whittemore Stevens, daughter of Lieut. William Stevens, U.S.A. 
He prepared for college under Professor Albert Harkncss, and gradu- 
ated from Harvard College in 1854. He soon entered upon the 
work of the ministry in the Episcopal church and was rector 
successively in Newton, Massachusetts; Boston; Nashua, ^ew 
Hampshire ; Portland, Maine : and Geneva, New York. He served 
as President of Ilobart College during a portion of his ministry in 
Geneva. In May, 1876, he was elected Bishop of Iowa. He was 
for many years Secretary of the House of Deputies, and in I860 
was chosen Historiographer of the Episcopal Church in America. 
Bishop Perry was a careful and voluminous writer upon every 



6ubject with which he had to do, and is said to have published more 
books than any other author in the Episcopal Church. His Biblio- 
graphy is published by the American Historical Association [Annual 
Report for 1889, pp. 321, 328], but this does not include his recent 
publications. He was industrious and painstaking, and recovered 
very many documents throughout America, which prove helpful in 
determining the services and influence of the constituency of the 
Episcopal body. 

Bishop Perry received many honors from colleges in Europe and 
America, and was recognized in every school of letters as an ardent 
and zealous chronicler of religious affairs. As historiographer, he 
edited "Collections," "Journals," "Documents," "Proceedings," 
and these equipped him to be the historian of his church. Much 
might be said of the honors received and the writings produced, but 
these are fully treated iu other places, to which reference is given ; 
and at no distant day an authoritative biography will be prepared and 
published. A brief sketch fails to do justice to the large service he 

He married, January 15, 1862, Sarah A. W. Smith, daughter 
of Rev. Dr. Thomas Mather Smith. He died in Dubuque, Iowa, 
May 13, 1898, leaving no children. [ Vide Appleton's Encyclo- 
pedia, National Magazine, 1894, vol. xix., Nos. 4, 5.] 
By the Rev. A>son Titus. 

William Ewart Gladstone, A.M., D.C.L., LL.D., F.R.S., 

honorary member of this Society since 1884, was born at Liverpool, 
England, December 29, 1809. The name was formerly Gledes- 
tane, from the abundance of gledes (or kites) in the stony region of 
Lanarkshire, where the family originated. Herbert de Gledstane 
was one of the Scottish lairds who swore fealty to Edward I. in 
1290. His grandsons were called Gladstones, one of whom, 
Thomas, was a flour dealer and ship owner at Leith. His son, Sir 
John Gladstones, settled at Liverpool in 1787, where he became a 
prosperous mercbant, and a member of Parliament. The "s" was 
dropped from his name, by royal warrant, in 1835. His second 
wife was Ann Robertson, a descendant of Henry III. of England, 
and of Robert Bruce of Scotland. Of their six children, William 
Ewart was the third son, the bent of whose mind was doubtless 
E»arfected by the habit of Sir John in arguing all questions, great and 
6mall, with his four bovs. 

At the age of eleven William Ewart Gladstone was said to be 
"the prettiest little boy that ever went to Eton." Few men were^ 
more remarkable through lite for manly beauty. All the boys ot 
the street knew his magnificent figure, which once seen could never 
be forgotten. Strangers were impressed with his noble features, 
and specially thrilled with his "radiant eyes," which age could never 

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dim. During his student days, he was not given to athletics, and 
cared little tor games ; yet he kept a boat, and was " a tremendous 
walker." Through life he improved every chance for vigorous exer- 
cise, as was seen in his well-known delight in telling the huge 
oaks of Hawarden. His political opponents said it was "just like 
him to cut down something he could never make grow again.*' His 
great strength both of muscle and will made him a superb horseman. 
At school his tastes were more literary than scientific or metaphysi- 
cal. As in after life, he was untiring in study, seeking to learn the 
spirit rather than the letter of his tasks. In 1828 he entered Christ 
Church College at Oxford, where his great ability was immediately 
recognized. The Debating Club, of which he became one of the 
strongest and most conservative members, was intensely Tory. He 
said, in later years, that he did not there learn " to set a due value 
on the imperishable and inestimable principles of human liberty. " 
Already a zealous partisan of the Church, he gave much time to 
Biblical and patristic studies, and urged his father to allow him to 
become a clergyman ; but he knew his son better than that. In De- 
cember, 1831, he graduated with a "double first," and, a few 
.months later, went to Italy for the first time. Intending to prac- 
tice law, he entered his name at Lincoln's Inn, where he studied for 
more than six years, but withdrew without seeking admission to 
the bar. 

He had already eutered upon that political career which has won 
the 'admiration of the world. Summoned from Italy, " as the hope 
of the stern and unbending Tories of that day," he took his seat in 
Parliament in January, 1833, as the expected champion of "that 
party which set itself against any and every manner of reform." As 
a young man he was modest and unassuming, and the house soon 
saw that he never spoke to show himself, but only because he had 
something to say. His minute knowledge and amazing memory of 
financial details speedily made him the acknowledged leader in that 
department. Xo language can give an adequate impression of his 
marvelous oratory. " He could brighten the dullest financial subject 
with the musical touch of genius." In 1852 he crushed the financial 
scheme of his great rival, DTsraeli, when it was said, "the budget 
was there one hour and it was gone the next." He was called to 
the premiership four times, in most cases because he was the only 
man who could be thought of or who was willing to meet some 
pressing exigency. When defeated and compelled to resign, it was 
notion^ before he was summoned acrain to take the helm. At all 
times his eye was on current events, and anything of special impor- 
tance was sure to call him to the front. When the Turkish atroci- 
ties in Bulgaria roused the nation in 1874, Gladstone had been 
rarely seen in Parliament, and was for many months, seemingly, 
immersed wholly in theological studies and debates ; but, like an 


unexpected thunderbolt, he appeared in the House and startled the 
nation with speeches and pamphlets that stirred the people as almost 
never before, declaring that the Turkish officials should be driven 
out "bag and baggage.'' Certainly had Gladstone been at the front 
in 1895 and 1S ( JG, the Armenian massacres would have quickly 

Almost no man ever equalled him in the power of persuasion. 
"He could persuade any man to anything, — himself included." " I 
am out of all political sympathy with Gladstone," said one, "but so 
long as he spoke I was his disciple. If he had told us to go out and 
fire the town, I should have gone." "The personal devotion he in- 
spired in his followers was one of the wonders of our time." The 
last part of his public life was best known by his struggle for Home 
Rule in Ireland, of which it was said, "He was the English states- 
man who set aside everything, place, power, popularity, all that 
could make life dear to anv ambitious man, for the sake of serving 
a country so poor and so lowly, that it could offer for such services 
no reward whatever but the reward of gratitude." His political rec- 
ord has been spoken of as the most contradictory ever known. He 
began as the intense opponent of every reform, and ended as the 
world's leader in the most radical reforms. But all these changes 
were the necessary result of his mental and spiritual nature. Ap- 
parent inconsistencies were simply the growth of his sturdy convic- 
tions of right and not the outcome of fickle-minded frivolity. Al- 
ways simply true to what he believed at the time to be right, he was 
frank to acknowledge his mistake when he saw it. 

Aside from his work as statesman, Mr. Gladstone was emphati- 
cally a man of letters. His working power would be the marvel of 
any age. Xo subject that could interest humanity failed to have an 
absorbing interest for him. "Xot content with being orator and 
statesman, he must also be theologian, critic of Homer and Dante, 
and translator of Horace." When most busy in Parliament, one 
would suppose from his letters that he never thought of finance or 
politics, but only of "patristic literature, mediaeval philosophy, or 
ancient and modern potteries." "What to him was rest would have 
seemed to any other man extraordinary energy and overwork in lit- 
erary and theological pursuits. It amazed the reading world to see 
a man retired from public life at the age of eighty-six entering 
with profound interest into every subject that concerns men and 
women, and dealing vigorous blows to every antagonist, whether in 
politics, theology, classical learning or science. His literary labors 
alone would have made him distinguished. Yet men of scholarship 
and discernment, who hung entranced on his lips as an orator, testi- 
fied what many others have felt, that they could not read his works^ 
without weariness. His translation of Horace is a masterpiece ot 
exact and universal scholarship \ yet to one who delights in the 

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charms of Horace himself, it is dry and dreary as the sands of 
Sahara. " The persuasive witchery of his eloquence will be poorly- 
understood by generations to come. For it is no't found in the word, 
the phrase, the argument, or the thought. It came mostly from the 
spirit that warmed the breath of the man, sounded in his voice, and 
looked out of his eyes." 

The substratum and crown of his life was his faith in God and the 
Bible, out of which sprang that overmastering love of mankind by 
which his life was permeated and controlled. Even as a boy at 
Eton he was openly persistent in religious living, and would toler- 
ate no levity on sacred subjects. During an Oxford vacation, the 
train on which he was traveling was badly wrecked, but no one in- 
jured. "When the passengers reached an inn, after a long walk, the 
young student proposed that they should thank God for their escape 
from peril. They gladly assented and asked him to lead. Only 
long after did they learn the name of their devout fellow-traveler. 
The influence of Oxford turned his early religious proclivities into 
" passionate Churchmanship and intensity of belief in the divine 
commission of the Established Church." It was his unwavering 
determination through life to make all his public a3 well as private 
actions conform to his religious convictions. 

The Queen offered Mr. Gladstone an earldom which he " grace- 
fully and gratefully " declined. ■ No title could enhance trie affec- 
tion and admiration of his countrymen for the simple name of "Wil- 
liam Ewart Gladstone. Higher and nobler than all titles that could 
be conferred " by royal mandate " stands that magnificent epithet 
applied to him, nobody knows when or by whom, but adopted by 
common consent, so that ' r as long as the reign of Queen Victoria 
6hall remain in the memory of civilized man, he will be known as 
r The Grand Old Man.'" Though his political foes were, of course, 
many, Mr. Gladstone is said to have had no personal enemies. In 
private life he was beloved by all who knew him. In society he 
was the center of attraction, and his rich, sweet voice in songs and 
ballads delighted many a social circle. "His absolute justice, kind- 
ness and orderliness, made him perfect master of his household. He 
was simply idolized by his servants, who would have laid down 
their lives for him." 

On the morning of May 19, 1898, he passed peacefully to rest, 
and the whole civilized world has not ceased to mourn the loss. By 
special request of Parliament he was buried in Westminster Abbey. 

Mr. Gladstone married July 2, 1839, Catharine, sister of Sir 
Stephen R. Glynne, on whose death she became the owner of Ha- 
warden. Always thoroughly one " in purpose, in spirit, in heart and 
in soul," their marriage was as nearly ideal as human frailty will 
admit. They had eight children. The eldest son, William Henry, 
6at in Parliament for twenty years, and died in 1891 ; the second is 


the Reverend Stephen, rector of Hawarden ; the third is a mer- 
chant in Calcutta ; and Herbert, the youngest, is still in Parliament, 
where he has held important offices. Of their four daughters, one 
died in 1850 ; two are wives of clergymen ;' and Helen, one of the 
best educated women in England, is vice-principal of Xewnham 
College at Cambridge, one of the only two institutions in England 
for the higher education of women. 
By the Rev. Silvaxus ILvyytard, A.M. 

Rev. George Dudley Wildes, D.D., was born in Xewbury- 
port, Massachusetts, June 19, 1819. He was fitted for Harvard 
College, but instead of entering there became teacher of mathematics 
in Chauncy-Hall School in Boston. He studied for the ministry in 
the Theological Seminary at Alexandria, Virginia, and was ordained 
deacon in the Protestant Episcopal Church by Bishop Smith of 
Kentucky, at Xew Bedford in 1846. He was ordained a priest by 
Bishop Eastburn of Massachusetts, at Dedhamin 1848. He served 
in Trinity and St. Paul's Churches in Boston, in the years 1849- 
1854, and for some years was principal of a school in Boston. 
Prom 1859 to 1867 he was rector of Grace Church in Salem, and 
while there was appointed by the Governor a member of the State 
Board of Education. 

In 1861 and 1862 he assisted in raising the Nineteenth and 
Twentv-third regiments of Massachusetts Volunteers. He organized 
a field hospital, volunteered as its head and was appointed chaplain. 
In 1867 he became rector of Christ Church at Riverdale on the 
Hudson, where he labored for twenty-five years, and on retiring was 
made rector emeritus. He was well known throughout the Episco- 
pal Church as the efficient secretary of the Church Congress for 
many years. In this capacity he edited eleven volumes of papers 
and addresses. Besides these he published various sermons and 
addresses, edited Bishop Griswold's "Lectures on Prayer," and 
translated George Herbert's Latin poems. 

Dr. Wildes died in Riverdale, June 3, 1898. A tablet has been 

erected to his memory in the church where he served so long. He 

married in 1846, Harriet Howard, daughter of the late Benjamin 

Howard of Boston, who, with a son and two daughters, survives him. 

By the Rev. Geokge M. Adams, D.D. 

Chaeles Levi Woodbury, late vice-president of the N. E. 
Historic Genealogical Society, was born at Portsmouth, Xew 
Hampshire, May 22, 1820, and died at Boston, Massachusetts, July 
1, 1898. He was the only son of Hon. Levi and Elizabeth 
Williams (Ciapp) Woodbury. He was a descendant in the eighth 
generation of John Woodbury who, in 1630, with his brother T \ ilJiain 
and others of Roger Conant's Company at Cape Ann, settled on Bass 


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river, in that part of Salem in the "Bay Colony, now within the limits 
of Beverly. The Woodbury brothers carae from Somersetshire, 
England, in 1624. From them have descended a line of good men 
and citizens of public spirit, the most eminent of whom has been 
the father of Mr. "Woodbury, who was, in Xew Hampshire, justice 
of the Supreme Court, many times a member and a speaker of the 
House of Representatives and Governor of the State. In the nation, 
he was, at various times, senator, Secretary of the Xavy, Secretary 
of the Treasury and justice of the Supreme Court. 

Mr. Woodbury was educated iu the best schools of his day, 
supplemented by a portion of a course at a college in the district of 
Columbia. He took a course in law under the tutelage of the 
Attorney General of the United States, and was admitted to the bar 
in his twenty-first year. He commenced the practice of his pro- 
fession in the State of Alabama, where he remained four years. He 
came to Boston in 1845. Under his father's inspiration the young 
lawyer became an unusually close student of public law, constitu- 
tional and international. The third and fourth volumes of his 
father's works were edited by the son, who was also an associate 
editor of cases reported in the First Circuit Court of the United 
States. Following his father's example, he oftener refused than 
accepted public office. In 1857 he served a term in the Xew 
Hampshire Legislature, and in 1870, 1871, similar terms as a re- 
presentative of Boston in the General Court of Massachusetts. 
From 1858 to 1861 he was the U. S. Attorney for the First Judicial 
Circuit. His chief field of labor was in the Federal Courts, both at 
Boston and Washington. These several positions he filled with 
dignity and integrity, and ever enjoyed the respect of the bar and of 
the bench. He had an uncommon personal force. His individuality 
was marked. His genial wit and his frankness of speech were so 
tempered with a kindly consideration, that his intellectual efforts 
were unstained by arrogance or the pride of conquest. As a poli- 
tician, he was true to the principles of the party with which he acted 
for nearly sixty years. His voice was ever welcome at its councils 
where his popularity was wide, both at home and in distant States. 
• Though not a literary man, Mr. Woodbury was well read in 
standard literature. His library was large and well selected, as be- 
fitted a man of generous culture and taste. He published in the 
magazines many important papers upon public matters and diplo- 
matic relations of the country, particularly upon the fisheries, in 
which he cherished an ancestral pride. These efforts were exhaus- 
tive, and some are held in reputation as authorities. His public 
addresses, chiefly upon historical subjects, were numerous. Thor- 
oughness was the characteristic of his historical and genealogical 
research. With all his ardor in this direction, he constantly main- 
tained a calm and well-poised judgment, fortified by wonderful 


industry and even-tempered patience. Mr. Woodbury was ardentlv 
attached to the order of Freemasonry and was proficient in both the 
York and the Scotch rites. He was learned in masonic lore. 
This, enhanced by the esteem with which he was held in the fra- 
ternity, advanced him to stations of dignity and influence in masonic 

Mr. "Woodbury was elected a resident member of the Xew-Eng- 
land Historic Genealogical Society in September, 18G7, and so re- 
mained continuously to the end of* his life. In 1895, in succession 
to Rev. Dr. "Wilson, he was chosen vice-president, and often pre- 
sided in the Council and at the State meetings. He dratted the bill, 
. which the General Court enacted in 1897, authorizing the admission 
of women to membership in the Society. In consultation and in 
action alike, his advice and his best efforts were constantly at the 
service of the Society, freely and lavishly bestowed. If any one 
thing distinguished Mr. Woodbury, it was his capacity for friendship. 
His gift of courtesy and courteous bearing was genuine and heart- 
felt. The serenity of his disposition was contagious. His genial, 
open-hearted manners secured him the regard and respect of all who 
came in contact with him. His departure was most sincerely 
mouraed ; and it was universally felt that a notable and worthy 
connection between the present and the past has been severed. He 
has gone "to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets." 
By George A. Gosdox, A.3X. 

Lyman Willard Densmoue of Hillsborough, Xew Hampshire, 
a resident member, elected in April, 1885, was born in Koyalton, 
Vermont, February 18, 1832, and died at Hillsborough Center, 
N. H., July 20, 1808. His line of ancestry is as follows: Abra- 
ham L., 4 Abraham, 3 Abraham, 2 Thomas, 1 the Scotch immigrant, 
who settled iu what is now Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1730, and 
soon removed to Hollis, Xew Hampshire. Mr. Densmore was a 
busy and energetic man. The education he had was wrought out 
of the hard tasks of the country boy. In 1855 he went to Nebraska. 
In 1857 he contracted to erect the court house at Atkinson, Mis- 
souri. Kailroad and bridge construction gave him a great amount 
of labor. 

In January, 1862, Mr. Densmore enlisted in Company A, Fourth 
Missouri Cavalry, and soon received a lieutenant's commission and 
was assigned to the Fifth Missouri Cavalry ; was also promoted to 
adjutant of the regiment. In March, 1863, he resigned. There- 
after, until 1882, lie was a bridge builder in Missouri, Kansas and 
Iowa. In 1883 he returned to Xew Hampshire, and became inter- 
ested in the Heartwell, his mother's family; an/1 in 1887 and 1<S9j 
he published two extended pamphlets. These pamphlets, he claimed, 
were issued preparatory to a large volume, and were designed to 


draw forth information from the scattered family. He also pub- 
lished, in 1800, a pamphlet relating to the history of the " Old 
Meeting House " of Hillsborough, which contains many data upon 
the religious attairs of its first century. 
By the Rev. Axsox Titus. 

Horace Dexisox Bradbury, son of Caleb and Almira Elizabeth 
(Brown) Bradbury, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 
9, 1837. He was a descendant of Thomas and Mary (Perkins) 
Bradbury in the eighth generation from the immigrant ancestor 
(Caleb, 7 Joseph, 5 Jacob, 3 Thomas, 4 Jacob, 3 William, 2 Thomas 1 ). 
Thomas Bradbury, gent., was baptized in Wicken Bonant, Essex, 
England, in 1611, and, coming to this country in the interests of Sir 
Ferdinando Gorges, settled at York Beach, Maine, in 1034, but 
afterwards removed to Salisbury, where he was a magistrate, asso- 
ciate judge and captain of the military company. His wife, Mary 
Perkins, was a sufferer under the witchcraft persecution. Among 
Mr. Bradbury's ancestors were the Rev. John Wheelwright, a cousin 
to Anne Hutchinson, and Major Thomas Pike, a man of note in 
the early history of the Bay Colony. Mr. Wheelwright was banished 
from Massachusetts Bay for conscience's sake, and founded Exeter, 
New Hampshire. 

Mr. Bradbury received his education in the public schools of Cam- 
bridge, in which city he resided during the greater part of his life. 
In 1877 he removed to Winchester, Massachusetts, where he lived 
until his death. In 1859 he married Betsey Ann, daughter of Bet- 
sey Ann and Samuel Dustin of Stanstead, Canada, a descendant in 
the eight generation of Hannah (Emerson) Dustin of Indian fame. 
By profession he was a public accountant in the city of Boston. He 
was connected with the Episcopal church in Winchester, and was a 
trustee of the Savings Bank and of the Public Library in that town. 
He was also a Eree Mason. He became a life member of the New- 
England Historic-Genealogical Society in 1872. He died in Win- 
chester July 28, 1898. 
By A>">~E Dustin Bradbury Underwood. 

Rowland Hazard, A.M., was born in Xewport, Rhode Island, 
August 16, 1829. He was the son of Hon. Rowland Gibson 
Hazard, LL.D., and Caroline (Xewbold) Hazard. His line of de- 
scent from the immigrant ancestor was as follows : Thomas' Hazard, 
born in 1610, admitted a freeman of Boston, Massachusetts in 1638 ; 
p Robert, 2 born in England or Ireland in 1635; Thomas, 3 born 

if 1660; Robert, 4 born 1680; Thomas, 5 born 1720, entered Yale 

/ College and so became known as "College Tom," to distinguish him 

from others of the same name, — he was one of the founders of Brown 
University; Rowland, 8 bom 17G3 ; Rowland Gibson, 7 born 1801, — 

xcii N. e. msTorjc genealogical society. 

his collected -works in five volumes have been published, with a 
biographical sketch by his grand-daughter, Miss Caroline Hazard. 
"When the subject of this sketch was four years old his parents re- 
moved to Peace Dale, Rhode Island. He entered the Haverford 
School, in Haverford, Pennsylvania, in 1845, and in 184'o entered 
Brown University, graduating in 1849. At this time his health be- 
came delicate, and he spent the winter of 1850-51 at the South with 
his classmate and intimate friend, James B. Angell (now president 
of Michigan University) . The winter of 1852-3 was passed with 
the same companion in Europe, chiefly in Italy. He returned to 
begin his career as a manufacturer at Peace Dale, which continued 
to be his residence and the scene of his many-sided business and ben- 
evolent activities throughout his life. 

Mr. Hazard was superintendent of the Peace Dale Manufactur- 
ing Company from 1855, and in 18 04 the treasurer and senior 
partner. His business interests were extensive and varied. In 
1881 he introduced the manufacture of soda, by the ammonia pro- 
cess, into this country, organizing a company for its production in 
Syracuse, X. Y., of which he was the president. Pie owned for 
several years a lead mine in Missouri, and became personally fam- 
iliar with the details of mining processes and methods. He was 
president of the What Cheer Insurance Company, and of other bus- 
iness and industrial organizations. Pie was specially interested in 
agriculture and the improvement of forming stock ; he was president 
of the Washington County Agricultural Society from its foundation 
in 1S7G, and built a memorial hall on its fair grounds at West 
Kingston, where he delivered annual addresses of notable value. 
He was an expert in architecture ; planned and built, not only in 
connection with his own works, but the public building3 and pictu- 
resque stone bridges of Peace Dale, and was chairmam of the com- 
mittee for construction of the library of Brown University. 

He was a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society and of 
the New-England Historic Genealogical Society, to which he was 
elected in 1870 ; a trustee of Brown University, 1875-88, and from 
1888 one of the Fellows of the institution; a trustee of the Butler 
Hospital for the Insane, a corporate member of the American l)'>ara 
of Commissioners for Foreign Missions from 1877, and one ot uc 
Board of Trustees of Andover Theological Seminar}', elected in 
1889. He was for many years the moderator of the annual town 
meeting in South Kingstown, a representative of the town in the 
State Legislature, and a member of the State Senate. In l^'-> »° 
was an independent candidate for Governor of Bhode Island, ana 
although receiving a plurality of the popular vote, failed of an ejec- 
tion in the Legislature. 

Side by side with Mr. Hazard's fidelity to the duties of private 
business and public trust was his unceasing, untiling devotion to the 

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i i welfare of others, in a wide range of educational and philanthropic 

interests. He introduced the profit-sharing system into his mills, 
remodeled the tenement houses of his establishment, anil encouraged 
his employees to purchase their own homes. He was instrumental 
in establishing a public library and a high school, for which he gave 
the land, built (with his brother) a stone Memorial Hall at Peace 
Dale in memory of his father, and a stone edifice for the Peace Dale 
Congregational Church, which was organized in his own house in 
1857, and to which he left a generous bequest. He bequeathed one 
hundred thousand dollars to Brown University. 

It Mr. Hazard was married, March 29, 1854, to Margaret Anna 

I \ Rood, daughter of Rev. Anson Rood and Alida Gouverneur (Ogden) 

Rood. She died August 7, 1895. He left two sons, graduates of 
Brown Universitv, who succeed him in the care of his manufacturing 

| - interests, and three daughters, one of whom, Miss Caroline Hazard, 

is the president of AVellesley College. Mr. Hazard died at Glen 

1 | Springs, Xew York, August 16, 1898. 

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I Frank Morton" Ames of Canton, Massachusetts, was elected a 

resident member of the Society, February 1, 1882. He was the son 
of Oakes and Evaline (Gilmore) Ames, and was born in Xorth 
Easton, August 13, 1833, and died at Pemaquid, Maine, August 
23, 1898. Pie received his education at the Leicester and Exeter 
Academies. Upon leaving school he entered the employ of Oliver 
Ames & Sons, proprietors of the shovel-works at Xorth Easton, 
where he gained a thorough knowledge of the business, both the 

( mechanical part and also the management of the extensive corpora- 

tion. In 1858 he removed to Canton to take control of the business 
of the Kinsley Iron and Machine Co., of which corporation he 

^ subsequently became one of the chief owners. He also became 

largely interested in railroads, and was for several years sole trustee 
and manager of the Xew Orleans, Mobile & Texas Railroad. At 
the same time he owned and managed a large plantation of some 
twelve thousand acres, on the Mississippi river, directly opposite 
New Orleans. Fifteen hundred acres of this land were under the 
culture of sugar-cane. He had extensive rice-fields upon his plan- 
tation also, and the remainder was devoted to the pasturage of his 
herds of cattle and horses. 

In 18G9, and again in 1882, he was chosen representative to the 
Massachusetts General Court, where he served in the committee on 
Railroads, and in 1885 he was elected to the Senate, where he was 
chairman of the committee on the Metropolitan Police Bill for the 
City of Boston. In 1884 he was a delegate to the Republican Con- 
vention at Chicago. Mr. Ames was sergeant-major and quarter- 
| \ master of the Second Battalion of Infantry of the State, and at the 

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time of his death he was president of the Lamson Consolidated Store 
Service Company. 

Mr. Ames married, Nov. 13, 1856, Catharine Hayward, daughter 
of Hiram and Lurana (Copeland) Hayward, who survives him. Of 
their seven children, two sons, Frank A. and Oakes Ames, and 
three daughters, still survive him. 
Bjr the Rev. Hexky F. J ex ks, A3I. 

Franklls* King, who became a life member of the X. E. Historic 
Genealogical Society in 1870, was the son of Isaac and Lucinda 
(Worthington) King of Chesterfield, Massachusetts, where he was 
born Dec. 8, 1808. He was a descendant of John King, who came 
from Northampton, England, to tins country in 1645, locating first 
at Hartford, Connecticut, but removing a few years later to Xono- 
tuck, now Northampton, Massachusetts. Of that town he (John) 
eeems to have been an early proprietor and resident, his name ap- 
pearing in the list of persons present at a meeting held October 
3, 1653, for the purpose of preparing the place for settlement. He 
was evidently a man of ability, enterprise and character, taking an 
active part in public affairs and holding important offices in both the 
township and the church. It is probable that the town received its 
name from him or by his suggestion in honor of the place from 
which he came, while that of his family designated the street on 
which he lived, as it does to this day. He died in 1703, aged 74 
years. From him the lineage, according to Rev. Solomon Clark, 
ran as follows: — John 1 ; John 2 ; Eleazar 3 ; Eleazar*, born 1730, 
removed in midlife to Chesterfield, where he became a prominent 
citizen; Isaac 5 , born Feb. 11, 1778, marrying Lucinda AVorthing- 
ton of Shelhume, by whom he had eight children, and dying July 
7, 183S; Franklin 6 . 

The early years of Franklin King were spent upon a farm, in a 
hilly section of country, where he acquired those habits of industry, 
frugality, forethought and careful expenditure, which constituted a 
good foundation for the success of his business career in later years. 
His educational advantages were, of necessity, meagre, but he made 
good use of what he had, the results of which, combined with his 
natural ability, sterling common sense, practical judgment, and 
quickness of apprehension, served him well in place of a broader 
culture. Of an enterprising temperament, and an ambition that 
could not be held to the confines of a small country town, he came 
to Boston about the time of attaining his majority and found employ- 
ment in the wholesale frrocerv house of Witlierell, Howe & Co. 
There he remained some four years when he bought the interest or 
the elder partner of the firm of Pratt & King, thus becoming asso- 
ciated with his brother Edward in the paint and oil trade, corner of 
Milk and India streets, under the name of E. & F. King. At that 


stand he continued in active business about sixty four years or to 
the end of his life, being at the time of his decease, Aug. 29, 1898, 
the oldest man in that line of traffic in the United States. There 
he attained a well-earned and honorable success, acquiring wealth 
and a wide reputation in the business world. 

He was a man of even temperament and of unpretentious manners, 
with a gentle disposition and a kindly heart ; but at the same time 
a man of singular force of will, tenacity of purpose and strength of 
character. He thought for himself, he had the courage of his con- 
victions, and once persuaded where duty lay, he was faithful to it — 

fc£ faithful in times when many were " faithless found.'' In the days of 

the anti-slavery agitation, when on the side of the oppressor there 
was power, when the friends of impartial liberty were maligned, 
ostracised and persecuted, he bravely took their part, espoused the 
cause which they were seeking to promote, and engaged openly with 
them in the warfare "with the crime and folly of an evil time." He 
was a warm friend of the leading Abolitionists, lending them aid and 
.comfort by his purse and personal influence. He stood faithfully 
by his minister when he "suffered reproach" and was in danger of 

| f. being driven from his pulpit on account of his testimonies against 

the national iniquity ; and when the house of William Lloyd Gar- 
rison in Dix Place was threatened, and the life of the great champion 

;| of emancipation was put in peril by the anti-draft mob in 18G4, 

Mr. King welcomed him to the hospitality and shelter of his own 
home at Harrison Square, Dorchester. He was a public spirited 
citizen, a friend of good government and of pure politics, a lover of 
truth, justice and humanity. Interested in religious institutions, 
in reform questions, in benevolent enterprises, and works of charity, 

\ I he contributed to whatever seemed to him calculated to elevate hu- 

1 1 man character and ennoble human life. 

Mr. King married, Sept. 23, 1841, Sarah Gelston of Xantucket, 
by whom he had eight children, five daughters and three sons ; four 
of whom, two sons and two daughters, with six grandchildren, sur- 
vive him. His wife died in 1883. "His domestic life," says one 
who knew him well, "was one of singular happiness, qualified by 
many sorrows." " But not even these could destroy that settled 
calm of mind which a £ood inheritance and a well-ordered life had 
made an indcfeasable possession." 
Bj the Rev. William S. Hkytvood. 

Frederic Walker Lincoln, A.M., born in Boston, February 
27, 1817 ; died there September 13, 1898. 

Instances are rare of the holding of offices so numerous, and in so 
| $ great variety, with so little of effort for their attainment, as is ap- 

parent in the case of Mr. Lincoln. Without showy accomplish- 
ments, and without ambitious designs, he constantly held during his 

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mature years, prominent positions of responsibility, the honors of 
which were borne without ostentation, and the duties of which were 
discharged with punctuality, fidelity and success. His parents, 
Louis and Mary (Knight) Lincoln, were dwellers at the North 
-End of Boston, which — originally the abode of the wealthy and dis- 
tinguished — was still occupied by substantial citizens. Here had 
lived his grandfather, Amos Lincoln, whose wife was a daughter of 
Paul .Revere, and who was himself one of the famous "Boston Tea 
Party," along with his neighbors, Major Thomas Melvill and Colonel 
John May, and also was with them of the Boston Regiment of Ar- 
tillery which did service at the beginning of the War of the Revo- 

Educated at the public school in his vicinity, and, after the death 
of his parents, at a private school in Canton, Massachusetts, the sub- 
ject of this memoir was apprenticed to Mr. Gedney King, maker of 
nautical instruments on State Street. With him, and with his son 
and successor, Mr. Charles G. King, he continued until 1839, when 
at the age of 22 he began business on his own account, on Com- 
mercial Street. Here he continued as maker of nautical and sur- 
veying instruments, and dealer in seamen's charts and equipments, 
during 43 years, when, in 1882, he accepted the position of manager 
of the business of The Boston Storage Company at their extensive 
warehouses on Massachusetts and Westland Avenues. Early a 
member of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, his 
connection with that influential body of practical and public spirited 
citizens was instrumental in developing, to mutual advantage, his 
ability for useful service. He was its President from 1854 to 1850, 
and its Treasurer for a term beginning in 1880 ; and in connection 
therewith was President of the Revere House Corporation. He was 
a member of the State Legislature in 1837 and 1838, and again in 
1872 and 1874; in 1868 was appointed on the Board of Harbor 
Commissioners, of which he was Chairman during several years ; he 
was Chairman of the Boston Board of Overseers of the Poor, and in 
1878 was also its Treasurer. 

He was elected Mayor of the City of Boston in 1858 and served 
until 1800; was again elected in 18G3 and each year until 1808, 
thus completing a service of seven years, being a longer term than 
that of any other incumbent of the office. During the years of the 
Civil War the duties of the-oifice were especially arduous, and his 
energy and promptness, signally shown in suppressing the threaten- 
ing draft-riots, were recognized as of the greatest value, and his 
election to membership in the Military Order of the Loyal Legion 
of the United States was a due acknowledgment. Mr. Lincoln tv:n 
a Director in the Continental National Bank, a Trustee of the Mas- 
sachusetts Institute of Technology and of the Museum of Fine r \rli ; 
was Vice-President of the Boston Safe Deposit Company ; President 


of the Franklin Savings Bank ; President of the Massachusetts 
Charitable Fire Society, and member of other similar institutions. 
The duty of Treasurer of the Young Men's Benevolent Society, be- 
ginning in his youth, was continued with undiminished interest during 
nearly half a century. He was a member of the Boston Light In- 
fantry ; was one of the founders of the Commercial Club in 1869, 
and its first President ; became in 1854 a Director in the Bunker 
Hill Monument Association, of which he was President during 
several years. During more than thirty-five years he was Treasurer 
of the Second (Unitarian Congregational) Church, and to the close of 
his life his attachment to it was shown by punctual attendance at its 
services and helpful interest in its pastors. The honorary degree of 
Master of Arts was conferred on him by Harvard University and by 
Dartmouth College. He became a member of the Xew-En gland 
Historic Genealogical Society in 1847, and a life member in 
1863 ; and though prevented by many duties from taking an active 
part in its proceedings, he cherished an interest in its maintainance. 
In person, Mr. Lincoln was of medium height, compact, of good 
muscular development, firm and vigorous in action. To good judg- 
ment, punctuality, firmness and unquestioned integrity, he added a 
courteous and genial manner, that disarmed opposition and greatly 
promoted success in upholding the interests he represented. He 
was a model citizen and a consistent Christian gentleman. 

Mr. Lincoln married in 1848, Emeline, daughter of Hon. Jacob 
Hall. She died in 1849, leaving a daughter, Harriet Abbot, who 
became the wife of George A. Coolidge. In 1854 he married 
Emily Caroline, daughter of Xoah Lincoln, who survives him. 
Their children are : Frederic Walker, of the firm of Henry AY. Pea- 
body & Co., Mary Knight, and Louis Revere Lincoln. 

By Jou.v Joseph Mat. 

Ja3ii:s Bektraxd Paten-Payne, D.C.L.,F.R.S.L.,F.R.G.S., 
M.K.I. A., was born in London, England, April 8, 1833. He was 
a lineal descendant of Stephen 1 Payn, a Colonel of Horse in the 
service of Charles II., through James 2 Payne, James 3 Payne, born 
1672, James 4 Payne, born 1701, James 5 Payne, born 1732, James 3 
Payne, born 1770, and James 7 Payne, of Holmesdale, Jersey, born 
1811. He married Zoe Emmeline Taylor, daughter of William 
Taylor of Lincoln's Inn, London, an eminent lawyer. His life was 
largely devoted to historical and genealogical investigations. He 
was the author of "The Armorial of Jersey"; "Guide to Jersey"; 
"Universal Index of Biography " ; "Lineage and Pedigree of the 
Family of Millai.s " ; tr A Monograph of the House of Lempnere ; 
"James LaClochc, the First Child of Charles II., and his Inception 
of hi3 Royal Parent into the Holy Catholic Church"; "England, 
Russia and Persia, a Sketch Historical, Political and Prophetic"; 


"Anglican Mvsteriea of Paris." He edited "The King of Arms," 
a weekly journal devoted to heraldry and genealogy. 

In 1874 he fought in the Carlist ranks. He was a Knight of the 
Order of Francis I., of the Eagle of Este, and of the Imperial Con- 
stantinian Order of St. George, a Commander of the Lion and Sun, 
of the Order of Xichan-i-Iftikhar, and of the Medjidie. lie was 
also a corresponding or honorary member of many antiquarian, his- 
torical and literary societies in France and the United States. He 
was elected a corresponding member of the New-England Historic 
Genealogical Society in 1859. He died in South Kensington, Lon- 
don, September 27, 1898. 

By the Rev. George M. Adjjhs, D.D. 

John Murray Forbes, a life member of this Society, elected in 
1883, died at his home in Milton, Massachusetts, October 12, 1898. 
Mr. Forbes was born February 23, 1813, in Bordeaux, France, his 
parents temporarily residing abroad. The family was of Scotch de- 
scent and comprised people of importance in their country, in the 
sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Many of its members, how- 
ever, were devoted to the House of Stuart. The army and navy 
lists of Great Britain have often contained the name of Forbes. The 
great-grandmother of Mr. Forbes was Dorothy Collingwood, aunt 
of Admiral Lord Collingwood, who was second in command at 
Trafalgar, and assumed command at the death of Xelson. The 
first of the American line was John Forbes of Deskri. The grand- 
father of the subject of this sketch, who emigrated to Florida, after- 
ward came to Boston, and met and married Dorothy Murray, 
daughter of James and Barbara Bennet Murray, at Brush Hill, 
Milton, February 2, 1769. His son, Ralph Bennet Forbes, father 
of the deceased, was born June 1 1, 1773, and died October 5, 1824 ; 
his wife was Margaret Perkins, daughter of James Perkins. 

The birth of John Murray Forbes was attended with unusual cir- 
cumstances. His father, who was engaged in business in France, 
6ent for his family to join him there. His wife, with her two young 
Eons, Thomas F. and Robert B., embarked at Boston, on board the 
schooner "Midas," bound for Marseilles. \Yhen near her port of 
destination the vessel was captured by the British frigate "Resistance," 
Great Britain and the United States being then at war. Mrs. 
Forbes and her son3 were subjected to detention, delay and annoy- 
ance. Personally, however, they were courteously treated, and at 
length the three were released and reached Marseilles in safety. 
Here the family remained for some months, the two lads meanwhile 
attending school. But in the disturbed condition of public affairs, 
Mr. Forbes desired to return to his native country, and with a view 
of taking passage for America, the family went to Bordeaux. IL-rc 
John Murray Forbes was born. When he was three months old, 


the family embarked on board the American privateer, * Orders-in- 
CouneiJ," bound for New York. Shortly after leaving port the 
vessel was overhauled by a British cutter and a brisk fight ensued, 
in which the British vessel was worsted. The American vessel es- 
/ caped, and proceeded on her voyage. The next day the vessel en- ' 
countered another £oq, in the British frigate " Surveillant," was cap- 
tured, and with a prize crew on board, set out for Plymouth, Eng- 
land. The vessel was, however, compelled to put in at Corunna, 
where Mr. Forbes and his family were permitted to go their way. 
But their tribulations were not past. They again took passage for 
America, this time in the brig ff Caroline," which was, a few days 

y-' after leaving port, captured by the British frigate "Pomone." Still 

again they set sail, this time in the ship "Leda," of Baltimore, and 

after a passage of thirty-six days, arrived at Xewport, Rhode Island. 

Mr. Forbes's early education was at Round Hill School, under the 

j ^ tutelage of Mr. J. G. Cogswell and Mr. George Bancroft. "When a 

lad, he began his business career in the Boston counting-room of his 
uncles, James and Thomas H. Perkins, who were engaged in the 
China trade. His eldest brother, Thomas, was at that time repre- 
senting the firm in Canton. On his death, bv drowning, in 1S30, 

\\ the Canton branch of J. & T. H. Perkins was merged in the house 

of Russell & Co., and John M. Forbes, then seventeen years of age, 

j j sailed for Canton, on board the barque "Lintin," commanded by his 

brother, Robert B. Forbes ; and upon his arrival at that port, en- 
tered the office of Russell & Co., as a clerk. Subsequently he be- 
came a partner in this house. Later, Mr. Forbes returned to the 
United States, and for some years acted as agent for Russell & Co., 

[ft-i and transacted mercantile and shipping business on his own account. 

In this he was successful and obtained a competence. In later 
years, Mr. Forbes gradually withdrew from his shipping interests, 
and devoted his attention to railway transportation and management. 
He wa3. first interested in the Michigan Central railroad. Later, 
he became identified with the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy rail- 
road. The success of both of these enterprises has been largely due 

it*' to hi3 wise management. 

During the Civil War, Mr. Forbes was conspicuous for the zeal 
with which he supported the Union cause. Previous to the out- 
break of hostilities, lie was a member of the Peace Commission, 
called by the State of Virginia. He encouraged Governor Andrew 
in preparing the Massachusetts militia for a possible outbreak of 
hostilities, and during the progress of the war his advice was of the 
greatest service to the country in the matter of the transportation of 
troops. He assisted in raising volunteer regiments fur the war, and 
He sent money — afterward repaid — for the purchase of clothing and 
supplies for the prisoners in Libby Prison. He was sent, with Mr. 
William Aspinwail, on a special commission to England, to confer 





with London bankers as to the sale of United States bonds, in 
that market, and to endeavor to prevail upon the British govern- 
ment to prevent the fitting out of rebel cruisers in British ports. 
He gave much pecuniary aid and encouragement to the Sanitary 
Commission ; aided in founding the Union Club, and by every 
means possible sought to strengthen the hands of the government in 
the dark hour of the nation's need. 

Personally, Mr. Forbes was a man of exceeding modesty, and 
was full of good works, the greater portion of which was known 
only to the recipients. His sympathies were keen, his benefactions 
large, and yet the right hand knew not what the left hand did. He 
was a prudent adviser, and to those with whom he came in contact, 
a steadfast friend. His home in Milton, and his summer home on 
the Island of Xaushon, in Vineyard Sound, were places where hos- 
pitality abounded. In 1834, Mr. Forbes married Sarah Hathaway, 
daughter of Stephen and Lydia Swain Hathaway. Their children 
were : Alice, who became the wife of Edward M. Carey, now de- 
ceased ; Col. William H. Forbes, who married Edith, daughter of 
Ralph Waldo Emerson, of Concord, and who died one year before 
his father; Mary, who married Col. Henry S. Russell, of Milton ; 
John Malcolm, who married (1) Sarah C Jones of Xew Bedford, 
(2) Rose Dabney; and Sarah, who became the wife of William II. 
Hughes of Milton. Mr. Forbes is survived by his wife, his son 
John Malcolm, his three daughters, eighteen grandchildren, and 
seven great-grandchildren. 
By Edmuxd Janes Carpenter, Ph. B. Heber Smith, M.D., of Boston, elected a resident mem- 
ber of this Society in 187G, was born in Bucksport, Maine, Decem- 
ber 5, 1842, and was the son of Rev. Joseph Smith, a Methodist 
clergyman, widely known and esteemed in the denomination. His 
mother's maiden name was Mary Wardwell. Dr. Smith died in 
Boston, October 23, 1898. 

<f In youth Dr. Smith was frail of health, and thus prevented 
from taking the classical course at Harvard for which he prepared 
himself; but later, with improved strength, he was able to complete 
his medical education, and was graduated from the Hahnemann 
Medical College of Philadelphia, in March, 18C4. He soon after 
settled in Melrose, Massachusetts, where he entered upon a success- 
ful career as a physician. He remained in practice at Melrose un- 
til 1882, when he removed to Boston, where he already had quite 
an extensive practice. Upon the establishing of the Boston Univer- 
sity School of Medicine in 1873, Dr. Smith became one of the ori- 
ginal members of the faculty, as Professor of Materia Medicn» a 
position which he filled with distinguished ability to the time ot hi* 
death. Since 1878 he had been a member of the Executive Coin- 



niittcc, and Secretary of tlie same. As a lecturer he was very suc- 
cessful, his lectures being of excellent ability and of constant inter- 
est ; and the many hundreds of his pupils who have enjoyed the 
privilege of his teaching have appreciated his devotion to their in- 
terests, and his attractive and always impressive manner in impart- 
ing instruction. As a physician he inspired confidence in his ability, 
and won the faith and affection of his patients, and will not be for- 
gotten by them. For upwards of thirty years he had been an active 
member of the American Institute of Homeopathy, the Massachu- 
setts Homeopathic Medical Society, of which he was President in 
1884, and of the Boston Society, to all of which he contributed val- 
uable papers. lie was a valued member of many other societies.'" 

Dr. Smith married Mary A. Greene of Melrose, who, with their 
two children, Dr. Conrad Smith of Boston and Mrs. H. G. Lobcn- 
stine of Detroit, Michigan, survives him. 
By the Key. George M. Bodge, A.M. 

Bn:ox Westox, A.M., was born in Dalton, Massachusetts, 
April 9, 1831, and was the son of Isaiah and Sarah (Dean) Weston, 
and a descendant of Edmund Weston who was in Duxbury in 1635. 
Isaiah, the father of Byron, was an Orthodox Congregational min- 
ister, but gave up the work of the ministry and was collector of the 
port of Xew Bedford, 1812-15. He removed to Dalton about 
1816, where he was a manufacturer of Franklin stoves, and in 1835 
went to Illinois, in which State he died. 

Byron passed his boyhood in the family of his uncle, Dr. Josiah 
Dean Weston, a practising physician in Wisconsin. During the 
Mexican War Dr. Weston leased the Henry Barkley mill at Sauger- 
ties, X. Y., and engaged in the manufacture of paper. When Dr. 
Weston came East he was accompanied by his nephew, Byron, who 
attended the public schools of Dalton and later studied civil engineer- 
ing at Williston Seminary in Easthampton. His earlier education 
was acquired in Beloit, Wisconsin. 

He did not continue long at AVilliston Seminary, but became a 
book-keeper for his uncle at Saugerties, and was subsequently in 
the employ of other paper manufacturers. At the age of twenty 
years he was receiving a salary of two thousand dollars per annum, 
and in the early fifties made the first wood pulp paper manufactured 
in the United States. 

At twenty-five he was prominent as a manufacturer and his repu- 
tation for integrity and ability was established, but limited space 
forbids the mention in detail of particulars of his business life. In 
the year 1857 he was in Texas with his mother who had become the 
wife of one of the leading citizens of that State. 

Early in the Civil War Air. Weston enlisted as a private, but in 
1862 became captain of Company K, Forty-ninth Regiment of 



Massachusetts Volunteers, and saw considerable service. In 1803 
he bought the Defiance Mill in Dalton, and the rest of his life was 
one of the principal manufacturers of paper in this commonwealth. 
In 1892 the Byron Weston Company was organized and Mr. Wes- 
ton was its first president. The paper from his mills was awarded 
prizes and medals at the expositions in Philadelphia and Paris, and 
at other places. His residence was known as Weston-holme, and 
he was the owner of Mount Weston, a hill of five hundred acres on 
which he had a Swiss house and a flock of five hundred sheep. On 
another farm of one hundred and sixty acres he had fine herds of 
Holstein and Jersey cattle. The town of Dalton owes much to his 
enterprise, and he built, or assisted others to build, as many as one 
hundred houses. Mr. Weston was a Congregationalist, and gave 
liberally for the support of the church in Dalton. In 1875 he was 
elected to the State Senate, and in 1879-81 (three years) he was 
the successful candidate for lieutenant-governor. His prominence 
seemed to indicate him as the most available man to represent the 
western part of the State on the Republican ticket. He was a 
benefactor of Williams College, which conferred upon him the de- 
gree of A.M. in 1886. 

The list of business corporations with which Mr. Weston was 
connected is a long one. Among the positions which he held was 
that of vice-president of the Third National Bank of Pittsfield, 
trustee and member of the finance committee of the Berkshire Life 
Insurance Company, and trustee of the Berkshire County Saviogs 
Bank. His membership in the Xew-England Historic Genealogical 
Society dates from 1882. June 2$, 18(55, he married Julia Clark 
Mitchell, and had seven children. The volume entitled " Represen- 
tative Men of Massachusetts, 1890-1900, " contains a portrait and 
an elaborate biographical sketch of Mr. Weston. He died in Dal- 
ton, November 8, 1898. 

By Geohge Kuhn Clabke, LL.B. 

Andrew Mack Haines, one of the oldest and most esteemed citi- 
zens of Galena, Illinois, died at his home in that city, Nov. 10th, 
1898, at the age of 78 years. His general health had been remark- 
ably good, until three days before his death, when he suffered a 
severe stroke of paralysis. He was a lineal descendent of one of the 
oldest and best known families in England, of which he kept a 
complete genealogical record. He was a member of the " New Hamp- 
shire family of Haines," whose founder, Deacon Samuel Haines, came 
from Westbury, "Wiltshire, England, embarking at Bristol on the 
ship M Angel Gabriel," which sailed from King's Roads, June 4, 

Andrew Mack Haines was sixth in lineal descent from Deacon 
Samuel Haines, and of the seventh generation of the family m 


America. He was born in Canterbury, Xew Hampshire, Jan. 1, 
1820. After receiving his education in Xew England lie went to 
Galena, Illinois, in 1830, and was in the mercantile business there 
until 1849, when he came to Boston and dealt in lumber until 1852. 
At that time he returned to Galena and carried on a large general 
wholesale trade until 18 GO, after which he was concerned in a lead 
smelting business until 1888. Mr. Haines was treasurer of Galena 
for three years. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, a 
corresponding member of the Xew-England Historic Genealogical 
Society since 18(36, and a corresponding member of the State 
Historical Society of Wisconsin. In 1842 he married Miss 
Angeline Elizabeth "Woodbury, daughter of John and Sarah (Allen) 
Woodbury of Lynn, Massachusetts, who survives him. Of a 
family of eight children, but three are left to mourn the death of a 
dearly beloved father. They are Samuel A. of Xew York, Andrew 
Mi of San Francisco, and Mrs. Leo Le Bron of Galena. 

Andrew Mack Haines was a remarkable man in many respects, 
and was honored by every one in the community in which he lived. 
He was an ideal citizen, a conscientious Christian and a devoted 
husband and father. In the demise of this grand old pioneer settler 
Galena has sutfered a great loss. For fifty years Mr. Haines was a 
diligent student of the genealogy of his family, and collected in 
England and America much material for publication. Five years 
ago this labor was interrupted by the impairment and final entire loss 
of sight, which to a man of his literary habits was a great affliction. 
The wonderful cheerfulness and great patience with which he bore 
this trial showed the sterling character of the man, and were a marvel 
to all who came in contact with him. Mr. Haines' extensive kindred 
at home and abroad who are indebted to him for a great work of 
family lore, will keenly regret not only the loss of their historian — 
but of a good man and one universally respected. 

By Mrs. Morna Halves Le Brox. 

Cilarles Amasa Hewins, the eldest son of Amasa and Elizabeth 
(Alden) Hewins, was born in Dcdham, [Massachusetts, January 4, 
1822. He was of unmixed Massachusetts stock, the blood of many 
of the early families of the State Mowing in his veins. On his 
father's side he descended from Jacob' Hewins, who, with his wife 
«Mary, was admitted to the church in Dorchester in 1G58,. the line 
running through Joseph, 2 Ebenezer, 3 "William,* Amasa, 5 Amasa, 6 
making him of the seventh generation of the name in this country. 
By the marriage of Ebenezer 3 and Judith Porter of Xorton, he was 
also a descendant of [Major William Hathorne of Salem. On the 
side of his mother, the daughter of Paul and Kebecca (Xewell) 
Alden of Xeedham, his lineage could be traced to John Alden and 
Priscilla Mullens of the Mayilower, and also to Edward and Con- 


stant Southworth, Alice Carpenter and William and Elizabeth 
Collier of a later Plymouth immigration. Three of his great- 
grandfathers — William Hewins of Sharon, Silas Aldcn and Ebenezer 
Newell of Xeedham — did service in the Revolution, while his great- 
great-grandfather, Ebenezer Ilewins, was a lieutenant in the French 
and Indian war. 

The father of the subject of this sketch, Amasa Hewins, was a 
portrait painter, removing from the ancestral homestead in Sharon, 
whither he had gone from Dedham a few years before, to Boston 
about the year 1832. Up to this date the son, Charles Amasa, had 
enjoyed the usual active, out-of-door life of a country boy at that 
period, and the educational advantages of winter and summer terms 
in a little red school-house near by. Of the few books that he had to 
read the three remembered with most interest in his later years were 
" Don Quixote," "Pilgrim's Progress" and "Franklin's Autobio- 
graphy." After coming to Boston he first attended the Boylston 
School on Fort Hill and afterwards went through the regular course 
of study at the English High School, from which he graduated in 
1837. After a few years spent in becoming acquainted with 
mercantile life he began business for himself in a small way in 1843 
as a maker of shirts, locating first in Joy's Building on Washington 
Street, near Cornhill. In 1855 he formed a partnership with Wil- 
liam PI. Ilollis, the firm enlarging its business in 1862 to that of 
general outfitting, and attaining by diligence, persevering energy, 
sound judgment and honorable methods, a praiseworthy success. 

May 8, 1845, Mr. Hewins married Caroline Louise Chapin, 
daughter of Aaron and Lucy White (Fiske) Chapin of Boston, a 
descendant of Samuel Chapin, who, with his wife " Cisily," accom- 
panied William Pynchon from Roxbury to Springfield in 1G36 and 
became one of the founders of that town. Of this union nine 
children were, born, one son and eight daughters, all of whom survive 
him. After his marriage Mr. Hewins lived a few* years in old Rox- 
bury, but his love of country life led him, in 1852, to remove to 
West Roxbury, where he subsequently built a commodious dwelling- 
house, upon a considerable tract of land lying at the foot of Mt. 
Bellevuc, where he ever afterwards resided. His leisure time before 
and after long business hours in town was spent with tiie trees, 
shrubs and flowers his own hands had planted, making his estate at 
length one of the most beautiful and attractive in the suburbs of Bos- 
ton. He was a member of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, 
and though caring little for political office allowed himself to be elected 
one of the West Roxbury School Committee in 186*5 and 1867, and 
a Representative to the State Legislature the two following years. 

Mr. Hewins was a lover of books as well as of nature, his taste 
running in the direction of those relating to art, architecture, horti- 
culture and travel. He was an early member of the Boston Mercan- 




tile Library Association and for a time President of the West Rox- 
bury Free Library Association. He was elected to the membership 
of the X. E. Historic. Genealogical Society in 1871. He was an 
active and fearless opponent of slavery in the days when that system 
was under arraignment before the American people, and a promoter 
of the so-called Underground Railroad, by which so many bondmen 
gained their liberty. Mr. Hewins was widely known and as widely 
esteemed. His genial spirit, his stern integrity, his extensive know- 
ledge of men and atfairs, added to the charm of his personality, made 
him an agreeable companion and a justly prized and honored friend. 
In 1870 he made his first trip to the old world, after which date for 
twenty-five years there were few summers when, with his wife and 
some of his children, he did not turn his face thitherward, to feast 
upon the attractions and delights of nature, art, literature, history, 
which he there found to refresh and gladden his heart. 

Mr. Hewins was favored with unusual health till 1881, when he 
had the first of four serious attacks of pneumonia, the last of which, 
occurring in the winter of 1897-8, so prostrated him that he never 
fully recovered from its debilitating eifects. His failing strength 
obliged him to cease going to his business near the end of October, 
and a few days later he took his bed for the last time. After a 
week's illness — a week of perfect consciousness, cheered by an intelli- 
gent and serene trust in God and the immortal life — he breathed his 
last, November 11, 1898. 

" E'en as he trod that day to God, so walked he from his birth, 
In 8impleness and gentleness and honor and clean mirth." 
By the Rev. William S. Hetwood. 

Hext.y Lee, A.M., became a member of this Society in 1863, 
and in 1870 a life member. He was born in Boston, September 2, 
1817, the son of Henry Lee and Mary his wife, daughter of Hon. 
Jonathan Jackson. His paternal ancestry is as follows: Henry, 5 
Joseph, 4 Thomas 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 . His paternal ancestry in- 
cludes the Higginson, Cabot, Pickering, Orne, Flynt and Mellows 
families of Boston and Salem. 

Mr. Lee married, October 20, 1845, Elizabeth Perkins, daughter 
of Samuel Cabot of Boston, to whom children were born, four of 
whom survived their father. Mr. Lee was a graduate of Harvard 
University in 1836, and soon thereafter began business in Boston, 
^establishing the firm Lee, Higginson & Co., the Union Safe Deposit 
Co. and the Bell Telephone Company. But the engrossing cares of 
business did not draw him from the delights of literature and the 
duties of citizenship. In the war between the States Mr. Lee was 
a member of the staff of Governor John A. Andrew and rendered 
most honorable service to his country. Because of this position he 
was called Colonel. Most of the years from 1867 he was an ovcr- 


6eer of Harvard University and was a leading spirit at the Com- 
mencements and other reunions of his alma mater. He has been 
aptly styled rr An American Gentleman." His genial nature, his 
high standard of character, strict integrity, business foresight, love 
of kin and country, faithfulness in details and with common affairs, 
endeared him to a great host of people of every grade and condition. 
Mr. Lee knew not only how to accumulate great wealth, but he 
possessed the rare gift of knowing how to spend it. He had no 
money to throw away, but was ample in his gifts of beneficence. 
He loved Boston ; he cherished her traditions and revered everything 
which instructed the youth in the worthy and noble men and affairs 
of former days. Among his cherished objects were the saving of the 
Old South Fleeting-House, erection of the Shaw Memorial and the 
Harvard Memorial Hall. These are only samples of the large and 
beautiful memorials which engaged his attention. Mr. Lee loved 
the creation of literature when it meant the upbuilding of a better 
life and the establishment of a finer character. He was for many 
years interested in the Massachusetts Historical Society, and in its 
Proceedings will be found many evidences of his thought and study. 
During all his busy years he frequently contributed short items, 
articles and reminiscences to Boston papers, only a few of which had 
even his initials attached. His contributions concerning social and 
business affairs of his younger years are indeed a treasury. 

Mr. Lee died at his home in Brookline, November 24, 1898. 
The occasion drew forth many editorials and contributed articles in 
the newspapers of Boston and Xew York. Magazines likewise found 
in his life and death a subject for inspiration and comfort. His friend 
of many years and associate in many affairs, John M. Forbes, died 
a few weeks earlier. The worth and value of such men are im- 
By the Ik v. Anson Titus. 

George Muxkoe Endicott, elected a resident member Decem- 
ber 2, 1874, was the son of George and Sarah L. (Munroe) Endi- 
cott, and born in Xew York City, June 26, 1845. 

He received his education in the public schools of Xew York, and 
at private schools in the neighborhood of that city. As his health 
was delicate he was sent for a year or two to live on a farm in Chau- 
tauqua County, near Jamestown, Xew York. Returning to Xew 
York he began liis business life in a broker's office. Then he became 
a member of the firm of Endicott, Huntoon and "Wolfe, dealers in 
gentlemen's furnishings. This connection did not last long. At its 
close he came to Boston, and between 1867 and '70 entered the firm 
of Henry Cormerais & Co., dealers in china. Burned out in the 
Boston fire of 1872, the firm was dissolved. Mr. Endicott thew 
went into the insurance business, and became senior partner oi the 


firm of Endicott and Macomber, a firm dissolved about 1894 or '95. 
From that time he continued in business alone, until his death. 

He was a man of great earnestness and energy, of a genial 
temperament, averse to public display, and most attractive in his 
family life. He was thoroughly devoted to his business, and in his 
particular branch of insurance was regarded as the first authority in 
the country. 

He died at his residence in Canton, Massachusetts, December 4, 
1898, after a tedious illness, borne with exemplary patience and un- 
failing cheerfulness. He married, October 8, 1867, Mary Elizabeth, 
daughter of Oliver S. Chapman of Canton. His widow and four 
children, Olivia L., wife of John Hurd Hutchins of Boston, Mabel, 
Almira C. and Eugene, survive him. 
By the Rev. Hexhy F. Jenks, A.M. 

Joirs" Xewtox Denison, a life member of this Society since 1870, 
was the son of Rev. John Denison of Jericho, Vermont, where he 
was born, June 22, 1811. He was of good blood, and the promi- 
nent traits of his character afford a fine illustration of the law of 
heredity, as may be seen from the following ancestral record. 

"William 1 Denison with his wife Margaret came to America and 
settled, in 1631, at Roxbury, Massachusetts, where he became dea- 
con of the First Church. He was a liberally educated man and had 
in his family the afterwards famous John Eliot, as tutor to his three 
eons. His third son, Captain George, 2 after the death of his first 
wife, Bridget Thompson, went back to England, where he served 
with distinction under Cromwell. Having been wounded at Xasebv, 
he was nursed at the house of John Borodell, whose daughter Ann 
he married, and returned to this country. Pie settled at Stonington, 
Connecticut, where he built a fortified house and became a promi- 
nent leader in the Indian wars. His son, Captain John 3 , f? a man 
of mark," married Phebe, daughter of Robert and Sarah Lay. 
Robert, 4 the second son of his nine children, married Joanna, 
daughter of Robert and Joanna (Gardner) Stanton. John, 5 the 
third of fourteen children, married Patience, daughter of Matthew 
Griswold. Samuel, 6 the eighth of nine children, married Mary 
Champlin. The youngest of their nine children, the Reverend 
John, 7 married Lueretia Kelley, and died within a year after the birth 
of his only child, John Xewton, s who married in January, 1639, 
Mary Frances, daughter of the Rev. Paul and Frances (Denison) 
Dean. Retiring from active business at the age of 81, "he fell 
asleep," after six years of patient suffering, December 5, 1898. 
Two children survive : (1) Rev. John Henry Denison, born March 
3, 1841; married April 14, 1869, Caroline II., daughter of Rev. 
Dr. Hopkins, President of Williams College. (2) Clara Augusta, 
born July 27, 1845; married S. H. C. Miner of the Ames Holden 
Co., Montreal, Canada. 


The circumstances of Mr. Denison's early life prevented his se- 
curing more than the ordinary education of the public school, but 
that he improved well his opportunity is shown by his being em- 
ployed as teacher at the age of eighteen. Soon after this, he went 
to Boston, where, after serving as an apprentice for several years, 
he established the wholesale firm of Denison & Co. at 103 Milk St. 
In 1857 he was induced by his brother-in-law, J. \Y. Brooks, then 
known as "the railway king of the west," to relinquish his prosper- 
ous dry-goods trade, and take up the railroad business. His finan- 
cial shrewdness and his quiet but stubborn persistence in times of dis- 
couragement contributed much to the success of the Burlington and 
Missouri River Railroad, of which he was treasurer. He was after- 
wards chairman of the directors of the well-known Chicago, Burling- 
ton and Quincy system. 

Mr. Denison's life was so evenly balanced, and so sturdily 
managed, that there are few salient points, and no startling deeds to 
attract attention. He simply met daily duties, as they came, bravely 
and wisely. As a young man coining from country to city, he was 
then great enough to meet the change without shock, and strong 
enough to master and rise above its perils. As a merchant he won 
the confidence of all with whom he dealt. Retail merchants soon 
learned to depend on his advice as to the purchases they should 
make, rather than to trust their own judgment ; for they found his 
advice was best for them and not tinged with anv self-interest of his 
own. His life illustrated the nobility and worth of the true mercan- 
tile spirit in f ' its keen sense of values, its grasp of details, its robust 
energy, its broad comprehension of relations, its nerve to seize an 
opportunity, and above all its fidelity to trust." There was in him 
a trace of hardness, an intense practicality, but never anything small 
or narrow. Xot only was his visible life marked with the r glacial 
scratches of Cromwellian Puritan drift," but the iron of his Ironsides 
ancestor permeated his very being, and " he was Puritan to his 
heart's core." Xone ever found in him any uncertainty in questions 
of honor or righteousness. Those who knew him best doubted if he 
ever needed to resist temptation. He seemed so determined that an 
inducement to wrong had no allurement. " The rocks threw back 
the sea without effort. The sea it was which roared and foamed and 
renewed its vain endeavor." Neither prosperity nor adversity 
affected his equanimity. The young men whom he trained in busi- 
ness knew that he was absolutely inflexible in all matters of honor. 
They may have wished that he were more pushing, but they never 
questioned his stability. 

His hereditary traits were mightily re-inforced by his active re- 
ligious faith. His life was not so much religious as religion, for re- 
ligion to him was not an addition, a pendant adornment, but it was 
his breath, thought, purpose, action. He believed deeply and un- 


changeably, but always favored freedom of thought and expression. 
His ideal was living, and therefore always growing. His intensely 
practical faith instinctively recoiled both* from the "dogmatism of the 
past, and from the "doctrinaire rationalism" of the present. His 
life was deep, yet open, not expressed in many words, but instinc- 
tively demanding f " the extension of Scripture into the office and onto 
the street." He was a socialist in the only practical sense, holding 
his property in trust for God, feeling that "himself belonged to God 
and humanity. " He believed in the kingdom of God into which he 
was born, and in which he was esteemed, and his time and his 
money were ready for its service." Like David, he wished the 
House of the Lord to be glorious, and to this end was ready to im- 
peril his fortune. So that to some he appeared too sacrificing, but 
to those who knew him well his example made life worth living. 
There was no discouragement, but inspiration in its excellence, for 
it was within the reach of common men in the ordinary employments 
of every day life. His life was a large life, intelligent, industrious, 
enterprising, generous and compassionate, embracing both the 
human and the divine. rf It was the kind of life which enriches 
this world and all worlds." It was and is everlasting life, for it still 
abides, though its visible form is now withdrawn. 
By the Rev. Silva>-ts Haytvard, A.M. 

Henry Martyx Clarke, a life member of this Societv, elected in 
1869, died in Boston, Dec. 10, 1898, a^ed 72. He was the son of 
Dorus Clarke, D.D. (1797-1884) and Hannah Alvard Bliss (1801- 
1876), and was born Xov. 19, 1826, at Blandford, Massachusetts, 
where he received his early education, partly in the public school 
and partly under his father's instruction. At the age of sixteen he 
began his business career by entering the service of Greely and 
Guild, wholesale grocers, in Boston. On the appointment of Philip 
Greely as collector of the port Mr. Clarke went with him as private 
secretary. Here he acquired a knowledge of political affairs, in 
which he took an interest for many years, serving two terms in the 
Massachusetts Legislature and going as delegate to many of the Re- 
publican State conventions. 

Mr. Clarke's main strength, however, was given to manufacturing. 
After a brief period in the employment of Grant, Daniell & Co., 
paper commission merchants, he in 1855 became connected with 
Samuel D>-T\ arre-Q. &_Co. , also in the paper business. January 1, 
1867, he organized the firm of H. M. Clarke & Co., the junior 
partner being J. Dixwell Thompson. They operated mills in 
Pepperell, Massachusetts ; Bennington, Xew Hampshire ; and West- 
minster, Massachusetts. These mills had large capacity and many 
employees. In May, 1873, the firm was dissolved and Mr. Clarke 
retired permanently from business. Having a great fancy for 



farming, he became the owner of fine estates in Belmont and 
Pepperell and was a pioneer in the art of creating the model farm as 
it is known to-day. In 1870 he imported a bull and seven heifers, 
selected from the best. herds in Canton Schwytz in Switzerland. 
Previous to the fall of 1882 there had been but this single importa- 
tion. He was also very successful with Lancashire swine. Silver 
gray, Dorking and game poultry, and especially with his fine horses, 
of which he had a large number. His stables and yards are anions 
the most complete in the country, and by intelligent breeding he 
achieved a wide reputation for the improvement of horse-rlesh. 

Mr. Clarke deserves mention for his characteristic generosity. He 
gave a spire-clock and a bell to the church at Longmeadow, his 
mother's native town, and organs to churches at Belmont and 
Pepperell. During the Civil war he distributed large sums for 
patriotic purposes. The Hampton Xormal and Agricultural Insti- 
tute, Virginia, found in him a willing helper, and many organized 
charities and private individuals would acknowledge his unstinted 
bounty. His own tastes were broad and refined. He spared no 
pains or expense to make his home attractive. He was domestic 
rather than social in his habits, and like many other men of great 
ability he found more happiness in creating than in the mere posses- 
sion of his fortune and his fine estates. He accumulated a valuable 
library and was fond of rare editions of choice books. 

Mr. Clarke was married Oct. 15, 1857, to Jane Loonier Hurlbut of 
South Lee, who survives him with a daughter, Airs. Watson, and son, 
Henry M. Clarke, a member of this Society in the third generation. 
By the Rev. Edward G. Porter, A.M. 

Henry Augustus Rice became a member of the Xew-England 
Historic Genealogical Society in 1869, and soon after a life member. 
He was born in Boston, December 13, 18 1G, and wa3 the son of 
David 6 Rice, born 1779, and Hannah Thompson Bangs, his wife. 
The earlier paternal ancestry is as follows : Elijah, 5 born 1749, and 
Relief Williams ; Elijah, 4 born 1722, and Huldah Keyes ; Elisha, 3 
born 1679, and Elizabeth Wheeler ; Thomas 2 and Mary ; Edmund', 
born about 1594, came from Barkhamsted, England, and settled in 
Sudbury, Massachusetts, in 1639. Mr. Rice's maternal ancestry 
is fully given in the genealogy of the Bangs family. 

Mr. Rice married June 1, 1843, Eliza Matilda, daughter of 
Captain Allen Putnam of Salem; she died October 9, 1853, aged 
33 years. He married second, April 10, 1855, Agnes Lee, daughter 
of Thomas Cu.-hing, Esq., of Boston. By the first wife he had 
Eliza P., born March 9, 1845, and Henry Allen, born November 
27, 1847 ; by the second wife, Daniel Denny, born May 27, 1856, 
who died October 21, 1864. Mr. Rice was for fifty-eight years a 
member of the firm of Denny, Rice & Co., of Boston, and was ever 

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regarded as one of Boston's solid men. He died December 15, 
1898, at his residence, 13 Marlborough Street, and on the occasion 
of his funeral forty-one prominent business firms closed their houses. 
By the Rev. Anson Titus. 

Edwin Siiefard Barrett was born at the old homestead of his 
family on Punkatassett Hill, Concord, Massachusetts, October 31, 
1833. The genealogical line from the immigrant of his name is thus 
given: Humphrey Barrett, 1 born in Kent, England, 1592, came to 
Concord, Massachusetts, with three sons in 1G39, died 1662, 

married Mary , who died 1663. Humphrey 5 Barrett, junior, 

born in England, 1630, died Jan. 3, 1715-1716, married March 23, 
1674-75, Mary Porter, born 1656 died 1713. Benjamin 3 Barrett, 
born Concord, May 7, 1681, died Oct. 25, 1728, married Jan. 
3, 1704-05, Lydia Minott, born 1687. Colonel James 4 Barrett, 
born Concord, July 31, 1710, died April 11, 1779, married Dec. 
21, 1732, Rebecca Hubbard, born 1717, died 1806. Colonel 
Nathan 3 Barrett, born Concord, Dec. 30, 1735, died Feb. 22, 
1791, married May 22, 1760, Miriam Hunt, daughter of Simon and 
Mary (Raymond) Hunt, born 1741, died 1824. Xathan 8 Barrett, 
junior, born Concord, May 17, 1763, died Feb. 4, 1829, married 
Dec. 10, 1795, Mary Jones, born 1771, died 1853. Xathan 7 
Barrett, third, born Concord, Oct. 1, 1796, died Feb. 29, 1868, 
married April 23, 1829, Mary S. Fuller, daughter of Lemuel and 
Mary (Shepard) Fuller, born 1805, died 1853. Edwin 5hepard s 
Barrett was born Oct. 31, 1833, the second son and the third child 
of his parents. Mr. Barrett was also descended from Reverend 
Peter Bulkeley, born Jan. 31, 1582-3, died March 9, 1658-9, the 
first minister of Concord, and from George Minott, born 1594, died 
1671. On his mother's side he claimed descent from Dr. Samuel 
Fuller of the Mayllower and the Plymouth Colony. 

Mr. Barrett passed his boyhood days in his old ancestral home, 
living the life of a son of a well-to-do Xew England farmer, attend- 
ing the schools of the town until he was sixteen vears of age ; he then 
left home and entered, as a boy, the store of Smith, Sumner and 
Company, in the wholesale millinery business in Boston. In this 
employ he continued for a year and then engaged with the hide and 
leather house of E. M. Carleton and Company in the same city. In 
this he showed so much faithfulness and ability that, in a few years, 
^ although without capital, he became a member of the firm. On the 
dissolution of the firm, about 1860, Mr. Barrett was occupied for 
some time in closing up it3 affairs, and then assisted in sending the 
h Concord artillery to Washington in 1861; he visited the company 

at the front and was present with it at the battle of Bull Run, of 
which he was a spectator at close range. He wrote an account of the 
engagement for the Boston Traveller of August 1, 1861, and twenty- 



five years later printed "What I Saw of Bull Run," in a pamph- 
let of thirty pages, making a most graphic and interesting story of 
the affair. Soon after this he went to Xew York and was in the 
brokerage business. At this time he married Miss Maria Thomas 
Gilmore, daughter of Governor Gilmore of New Hampshire. At a 
later period he removed to Concord, Massachusetts, where he served 
for some months as Deputy U. S. Marshal. For the years 186*4 
and 1865 he was Auditor of the State of Xew Hampshire, devoting 
himself to the care of the military accounts of that State and living 
in the State capital. 

At the close of the war he returned to Concord* Mass., and took up 
his residence there once more. He engaged in the hide and leather 
business with the firm of Alden and Edmands in Boston, removing 
later to Cambridge in order to be nearer the place of his business. 
On the death of his wife Mr. Barrett again returned to Concord, 
which he never afterward left. Here he brought his second wife, 
Laura Emerson, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Emerson of 
Boston. They were married November 7, 1877. At this time he 
bought a lot of land, near the Xorth Bridge, and built a very, fine 
mansion on the very battlefield of April 19, 1775, calling the estate 
"Battle Lawn." 

Mr. Barrett took up his life once more in Concord with the same 
energy, ability and faithfulness as had characterized him through his 
earlier years. As a citizen lie was foremost in good work, earnest 
in the affairs of the church, of the schools, of the local politics. He 
suggested and brought about the foundation of the Tuesday Club, 
now merged in the Social Circle, a most successful body. A gentle- 
man of courteous and agreeable manners, of £Ood intelligence and 
with excellent conversational powers, he was a popular and useful 
citizen, a good neighbor and a loval friend. He was a member of 
the Massashusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, 
for some years its President, and for nearly two years, until his 
death, the President of the National Society of the same organiza- 
tion. He was also a member of the Society of Colonial AVars by 
descent from Ensign Humphrey Barrett, junior, Colonel James 
Barrett and Captain Nathan Barrett, of the Bunker Hill Monument 
Association, of the Xcw-England Historic Genealogical Society, 
and of the military order of the Loyal Legion. He was for one 
year the Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Trade. He died 
in Concord, December 21, 1898. 
By Francis II. Brown, 3I.D. 

Hon. Jonx Cl'M-Uin'GS, in the words of the late Gen. Francis A. 
*Walker, rr one of the most useful citizens of his native Common- 
wealth," was born in AVoburn, October 19, 1812, and died on th<* 
estate on which he was born, December 21, 1898, at the advanced 
age of eighty-six years. 


Mr. Cummings was largely self-taught, but possessed naturally a 
6trong will and powerful intellectual grasp, added to a large amount 
of good solid common-sense, which, with his remarkable disinterest- 
edness in public life, his generosity, his severe integrity, and his 
kindliness in personal intercourse, made him a power on any board 
of officers with which he was associated. He did much for the ele- 
vation and education of the workingmcn in his employ, and in the 
days when such schools were not publicly kept he opened an even- 
ing school for their benefit at his expense. It is said that at one 
time f " Cummingsville " was a name better known in some parts of Ire- 
land than the name Massachusetts. In addition to his business in 
the line of leather and to the management of his large farm, he be- 
came interested in banks, and for thirty years was president of the 
Shawmut National Bank of Boston. As an officer of the banks, 
National and Savings, of his native town, he performed long and 
faithful and very efficient service. As a town officer, a member of 
the legislature, a trustee of the Public Library, and of AVarren 
Academy, and as one of the school committee, he also performed 
signal and distinguished service. He was a member of the Centen- 
nial Board of Finance, which redeemed from failure, and con- 
ducted to a triumphant success the Philadelphia Exhibition of 1876, 
" His relations were most intimate with the Boston Society of Natural 
History, and in the department of science which this institution fitly 
represents he made acquirements, which, considering the occupation 
of his time by business cares and duties, were remarkable. To the 
Agricultural College at Amherst and the Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology, he rendered inestimable services. Of the Institute of 
Technology he was for seventeen years the treasurer and a member 
from its organization of the executive committee of the corporation. 
By a vote of the corporation in 1889, when he retired from the 
office of treasurer, Mr. Cummings's name was applied, in perpetuity, 
to the laboratories of mining engineering and metallurgy, in recog- 
nition of his services. He was a member of the board of directors 
of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society for eighteen 
years, from 1871 to 1889. 

His ancestors, living in Woburn, were John, 3 Ebenezer,* David. 1 
The last-named was of Andover in 1756, when he purchased a lot 
of land in Woburn. Hon. John Cummings occupied land owned 
by these ancestors, all pursuing the same trade as himself. 

He was twice married. First, to Sarah, daughter of James and 
| Mary Phillips of Swampscott, on February 9, 1837. She died 

February 9, 1877, aged 63 years, and on the fortieth anniversary 
of their marriage. Second, to Mary P. C. Hall of Ipswich, Au- 
gust 25, 1881. She survives. Mr. Cummings had no children. 

This notice is condensed from a memoir in tLe Register for July, 18S9, by Wllllim 
K. CiTTEH, Esq. 


Dudley Tappan Chase, A.M., was born in Cornish, New 
Hampshire, April 2, 1823. Pie was the third son of Col. Lebbeus 
and Xizaula (March) Chase, and of lineal descent in the tenth gen- 
eration from Thomas Chase of Ilundric, Parish of Chesham, Eng- 

Aquila 1 Chase settled in Hampton, Massachusetts, 1639 or '40, 
had eleven children, of which Moses was the youngest. Moses 2 of 
Newbury, Massachusetts, had nine children, of which Daniel was 
the second, and removed to Littleton, Mass., later to Sutton, Mass. 
Daniel 3 married Sarah March, had ten children, of which the eldest 
was Samuel, born Sept. 28, 1707. Samuel 4 Chase married Mary 
Dudley, had ten children, the third being Jonathan. Jonathan* 
married, second, Sarah Hall, daughter of Rev. Dr. David Flail of 
Sutton, by whom was born Col. Lebbeus Chase. General Jonathan 
Chase was the paternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch, and 
served with particular distinction in the \Yar of the Revolution, 
being in command of the northern regiment of New Hampshire 
troops, and the revolutionary history ot the state, Revolutionary 
Rolls and other evidence show him to have been an officer of excep- 
tional abilitv. Col. Lebbeus' 5 Chase was born Jan. 21, 1779, and 
died Feb. 22, 1865. He married Feb. 19, 1809, Nancy Chase, 
daughter of Simeon Chase of Bethel, Vermont. She was born Nov. 
25, 1789, and died June 14, 1814. By this marriage three chil- 
dren were born. Col. Lebbeus Chase married, second, Xizaula 
March of Millbury, Massachusetts, Jan. 8, 1815. By this mar- 
riage were born seven children, the fifth being Dudley Tappan 7 
Chase. He married first, Mrs. Adelaide G. Merrifield, daughter of 
Edward R. Campbell of "Windsor, Vermont, Nov. 12, 1851. Two 
children were bcrn, both dying in infancy. Adelaide G. (Camp- 
bell) Merrifield, born Sept* 4, 1822, died Sept. 8, 1856. Mr. 
Chase married second, Mrs. Sula Powers Smith, daughter of Capt. 
Obed Powers of Cornish, New Hampshire, Feb. 4, 1868. A 
daughter by this alliance died in infancy. 

Dudley Tappan Chase attended the common schools, and later 
followed the higher branches and preparation for college in Kimball 
Union Acadcmv of Meridcn, New Hampshire, being a graduate of 
this institution in the class of 1844. Entering Dartmouth College, 
he graduated in the class of 1848, with the degree of A.B. The 
honorary degree of A.M. was conferred in 1857. Having chosen 
the profession of law, he studied with ex-Gov. Carlos Coolidge of 
Vermont and "Warren Currier of Windsor, Vermont, and was ad- 
mitted to practice in Windsor County in 1849, having during that 
year graduated from Yale Law School. He was admitted to prac- 
tice in the United States Courts in 1859, and continued with his 
profession until 1863. Ill health compelled him to relinquish his 
practice at this time, and he removed to Claremont, New II amp- 



was his donation to the citizens of Woburn of the Burbeen Free 
Lecture Fund. October 7, 1892, at a public celebration of the 
250th anniversary of his native city, he gave the sum of $6,000, 
which he increased to a total of $ll",000, May '26, 1807, by the gift 
of a further sum of $5,000 — the income of all of which was to be for- 
ever used for the establishment and maintenance in Woburn of a 
course of annual lectures, free to the public, on historic, scientific or 
other educational subjects. In his last will he donated the sum of 
$4,000, additional to his other gifts, making the munificent sum of 
$15,000 for the purpose of these lectures. In order to honor an 
ancestral family, small numerically, but once considerable in influ- 
ence in Woburn, he named his course the Burbeen Free Lecture 

He married, May 26, 1847, Miss Maria Laurens Smith, daughter 
of Cyrus and Tryphena (Brooks) Smith, of Lincoln, Massachusetts. 
Their children were Jennie Lind, the wife of James Burbeck, and 
mother of Ethel S., Benn Thompson and Bertha M. Burbeck; 
Lewis Waldo, associated in business for many years with his father 
and now his successor; Xellie Smith, who married Edward L. Shaw 
of Woburn, having two daughters, Sibyl and Marion Shaw; and 
Edgar Bradford, a distinguished mechanical engineer of St. Paul, 

In forming a general estimate of his character it may be said of 
him that he was a friend of education ; that he believed in educa- 
tion as the best means of enabling the people to help themselves ; 
that while libraries and lectures and practical experience might be 
one means, extensive travel was another equally important. He 
was a good example in his own career of all four processes or in- 
fluences for the upliftincr of the individual. He is no loncrer here to 
inspire us, but his memory will remain, in the words of his pastor 
for forty years, that of * r a good man desirous of fulfilling the full 
measure of his existence." 

This notice is condensed iVoua a memoir in the Register for October, 1S99, bj 
'William R. Cltter, Esq. 

Augustus Ramsay Bayley was born May 23, 1818, at Went- 
worth, Xew Hampshire. He was the son of Simon and Sclina 
(Ramsay) Bayley. He wa3 descended from Richard Bayley, who 
^carae over in 1638, in ship "Bevis," presumably with Sir Richard 
Dummer. His descent is as follows : Richard 1 and Ednah Ilal- 
stead of Rowley, Mass. ; Joseph 2 and Abigail Trumbull of Bradford, 
Mass. ; Richard 3 and Joanna Webster of Bradford ; Richard 1 and 
Rachel Page of Haverhill, Mass. ; Richard 5 and Mehitabcl Emerson 
of West Haverhill, who moved to Plymouth, New Hampshire, about 
1777 and later to Berlin, Vermont; Simon 6 and Selina Ramsay of 
Rumney and Wcntworth, New Hampshire. 



Simon 6 kept the tavern at AYentworth, where Augustus was born, 
the youngest of six, and soon after moved to Boston, where he died 
when his son was quite young, and the boy was sent to Ruinney to 
his maternal grandfather, James Ramsay, with whom he remained 
several years and attended school. His mother moved to Lowell, 
Massachusetts, and he joined her for a time, but in 1831, when 
thirteen years old, he went to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to his 
uncle, Alexander Hamilton Ramsay, who kept a drug store near the 
College. He went into the store and learned the business. In 
1855 he purchased the drug business of Henry Thayer, on Main St., 
corner of Essex, Cambridgeport, and remained here until he moved 
into a new block in Central Square, a short distance from his old 
store. He remained in this store until his death, which took place 
Jan. 30, 1899, after a short illness. He married, in 1847, Sarah, 
daughter of Capt. Francis Wells of Cambridgeport and had two 
children, Francis Augustus and Helen Louise, who, with his widow, 
survive him. 

He was a sunny tempered, genial man, who did many kind deeds 
quietly and left many friends. He was fond of books, paintings 
and music, and was much interested in the genealogy of his family. 
His devotion to his business left him little time for social pleasures, 
but his friends in risking him at his place, of business were assured 
of a hearty welcome. He was elected a member of the New-Eng- 
land Historic Genealogical Society in 1876. He was also a member 
of the Boston Commandery of Knight Templars, of Mizpah Masonic 
Lodge of Cambridge and of the Union Club of Cambridge. 
By Francis Augcstts Batlet. 

Daniel Baxter Stedman was a descendant of Isaac Stedman, 
who came to this country from London, England, in the "Elizabeth," 
in 1035, and settled at Scituate. In 1650 he removed to Muddy 
Kiver (now Brookline), where he died in 1678. The line of descent 
from Isaac 1 is as follows : Thomas, 2 Joseph, 3 Josiah, 4 Josiah, 5 
Daniel Baxter. 6 

The subject of this sketch received his early education at private 
schools in Boston, in which city he was born on the 18th of April, 
1817. Later, he continued his studies at Concord, Massachusetts, 
where he was a classmate of Judge Hoar, of whom he often spoke 
in tones of marked affection. Having completed his studies, he was 
apprenticed to the firm of Marsh, Capen & Lyon, at that time the 
leading publishers of Boston. Here he became acquainted with 
many eminent men of letters, historians and writers, and from his 
intercourse with them, derived his love for deep reading, which 
followed him, and was a great source of pleasure to him all through 
hi3 life. During his apprenticeship he lived, as was the custom in 
those days, in the home of one of the co-partners, Mr. Nahum 

r i 


Capen. Mrs. Capen was a very lovely, motherly woman, of whom 
he became very fond, and who had much to do in strengthening a 
naturally strong character. Here he met and was thrown into very 
close relationship with the leading Democratic statesmen of the 
country, who were accustomed to visit Mr. Capen's for the purpose 
of exchanging ideas as to the welfare of the nation. He was often 
present during their discussion of Government matters, and gave 
close attention to their reasonings. While he appreciated and 
applauded the ability and earnestness shown in their discussions, they 
were not in accord with his feelings or with the opinions he had 
formed from reading the arguments of both parties, and his virgin 
vote was thrown for the candidate of the old Whig party, to whose 
principles he always held, becoming later in life a strong Anti- 
Slavery Republican. Finishing his apprenticeship, he did not elect 
to follow the publishing business, but with his brother-in-law, Isaiah 
Atkins, formed a co-partnership under the firm name of Atkins & 
Stedman for the importation of china, glass and earthenware. 
After a few years Mr. Atkins retired, and Mr. Stedman, with his 
brother and two of his sons, continued the business under the firm 
name of D. B. Stedman & Co., and was very successful until 
Boston's conflagration in 1872, at which time, the insurance being 
almost wholly in Boston companies, he lost his entire fortune. In 
1867 he was a representative from Dorchester in the General Court, 
where he performed good service to the State as chairman of the 
Hoosac Tunnel Committee. Political life required more time than 
he felt justified in taking, and he declined a re-nomination. 

In October, 1887, he removed to Chicago where, with his wife, 
he made his home with two of his sons, who were in business in that 
city. Mr. Stedman was elected a member of the Xew-England 
Historic Genealogical Society in 1870 and became a life member in 
1871. He was a member of the Union League Club and in Chicago 
of the Tippecanoe Club. He was a 32d degree Mason. He 
married, March 13, 1839, his cousin, Miriam White Stedman, who 
with five sons, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, 
survives him. He was a man of very strong affections, not alone 
for his own family, whose pleasures and happiness were his first 
thought, but among his friends and acquaintances. To know him 
was to love and respect him. Especially among the poorer classes 
was he loved and honored and his name revered to this day. For 
many years he suffered much from rheumatic gout, an unusually 
eovere attack of which caused his death in Chicago on the 3d of 
March, 1899. 

By Daniel Baxteu Sted3Ian, Jr. 

George Rogers Howell, A.M., son of Charles and Mary 
(Rogers) Howell, was born June 15, 1833, in the town of Southamp- 


ton, Long Island, where he passed his boyhood. His first American 
ancestor was Edward Howell of Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, 
England, who settled in Boston in 1639, and soon thereafter removed 
to Southampton, where he was one of the earliest settlers. South- 
ampton, Long Island, was the first town settled by the English in 
the State of Xew York. 

Mr. Howell attended the district school and the academy at South- 
ampton. He early manifested a love for books, and after due pre- 
paration at the academy he entered the sophomore class at Yale 
College in 1851, at the age of 18. Yale was under the presidency 
of Theodore D. Woolsey, D.D., assisted by Professors Silliman, 
Olmstead and Hadley." Mr. Howell made rapid progress in his 
studies, and graduated in 1854 with high honors. He spent several 
years in teaching at academies, continuing his researches at the same 
time. In the spring of 1861, Mr. Howell decided to study for the 
ministry, and in September of that year he entered Princeton The- 
ological Seminary, from which he was graduated in 1864. He 
engaged in ministerial work in western Xew York for about two 
years. An incident then occurred that turned Mr. Howell's atten- 
tion to a literary life. In 1865, the 225th anniversary of the settle- 
ment of Southampton was to be celebrated, and Mr. Howell was 
invited to deliver the address on that occasion. He interested and 
delighted his audience. In the following vear his address was en- 
larged and printed under the title of "The Early History of South- 
ampton, Long Island, with Genealogies." A second edition of this 
work was published in Xew York in 1887, making an octavo volume 
of 473 pages. 

In 1865, on the recommendation of Dr. Macauley, secretary of 
one of the Presbyterian boards at Philadelphia, Mr. Howell was 
offered a professorship of Latin or Greek, at his option, in a college 
in Iowa. His engage^' f s forbade his accepting the offer. A 
short time after his decimation of the professorship, the presidency 
of the college was offered him, but this, too, he declined. In 1872, 
at the suggestion of Dr. S. 13. Woolworth, he was induced to accept 
an office in the State library at Albany, Xew York, as assistant 
librarian. In this office Mr. Howell rendered the State valuable 
service. His early study of various languages stood him in good 
stead in the classification, cataloguing and arranging of the many 
volumes in the general library. His suggestions with regard to the 
purchase of suitable and desirable volumes have been very useful in 
the development of the resources of the library. 

In 1866 Mr. Howell was elected a corresponding member of the 
New-England Historic Genealogical Society. Eor several years he 
was the secretary of the Albany Institute, in the welfare or which 
lie took a very deep interest. He read several valuable papers on 
scientific subjects before the Institute, some of which have been 




published in the "Transactions of the Albany Institute," including 
"Linguistic Discussions," "The Open Polar Sea," and "Heraldry 
in America." His wide knowledge of existing works erf local history 
and genealogy, as well as his literary and scientific attainments, made 
him especially valuable to the readers of the library. In addition 
to his works on scientific and literary subjects Mr. Howell wrote an 
amusing book entitled "Xoah's Log Book," that gained for him 
much favorable criticism. 

On March IS, IS 68, Mr. Howell was married to Miss Mary 
Catherine Seymour, daughter of Xornian and Frances Hale (Met- 
calf ) Seymour of Mount Morris, Livingston County, Xew York. 
Mrs. Howell as well as her husband, has been engaged in literary 
and social work. She has been especially active in prosecuting the 
cause of the woman suffragists. Mr. and Mrs. Howell had one son, 
Seymour, who died whde a student at Harvard College. Mr. Howell 
died at Albany, April 5, 1899. 

By William Herrick Gkiffith, Esq. 

A fuller memoir of Mr. Howell with portrait appeared in the Register for April, 

Hox. Frederick Smyth, A.M., was born in Candia, Xew Hamp- 
shire, March 9, IS 19. He was the son of Stephen and Dolly 
(Eowe) Smyth. His grandfather was Joseph Chase Smyth, and 
his great-grandfather, Chase Smyth. His ancestors were farmers, 
men and women of thrift and intelligence, and young Smyth was 
early trained in the hardest kind of farm labor. He received such 
education as the good common schools of his native town could give, 
supplemented by a term at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. 
With a view to pursuing a college course, he taught school several 
winters. He early went into trade at Candia, but in 1839 came to 
Manchester and entered the employ of George Porter, who carried 
on a general merchandise business. At the end of the year Mr. 
Smyth's .employer pursuaded him to give up the idea of a college 
educa'* o and adopt a mercantile life. He soon became a partner in 
the bu. icss, which was successfully carried on until 1849, when he 
was elected city clerk, — the beginning of a long official career, local 
and national. ' After serving as city clerk for three years, he was 
elected mayor of Manchester in 1852, and re-elected in 1853 and in 

In 1857 and 1858, Mr. Smyth was a member of the legislature 
of Xew Hampshire, and was also made treasurer of the lieform 
School, as it was then called. About the same time he was select- 
ed as treasurer of the Xew Hampshire Agricultural Society, a posi- 
tion he held ten years. He was a director in the United States Ag- 
ricultural Society, and was a manager of the three great fairs held 
at llichmond, Chicago and St. Louis by the national association. 



He was also vice-president of the American Pomological Socictv. 
In 1861 lie was appointed one of the agents on the part of the United 
States to the International Exhibition at Loudon. His appoint- 
ment gave him unusual facilities for study and observation in the 
highest circles of London and England, and he was also accredited, 
from the various associated bodies with which he was connected at 
home, to the Royal Agricultural Society. After visiting England, 
he took a trip on the continent. The gathering proportions of the 
war at home, however, led him to cut short his travels, and in Sep- 
tember he returned to Manchester. After the battle of Gettysburg, 
and again after the battle of the Wilderness, he went to the front 
and gave efficient aid in caring for the sick and wounded. One re- 
sult of exposure to the burning sun and malaria of the battlefield 
was the first serious illness of his life. 

In ISOb Mr. Smyth was elected Governor of Xew Hampshire, and 
he was re-elected in 1866. In 1878 he was appointed by President 
Hayes honorary commissioner to the International Exposition at 
Paris. He went on this trip accompanied by Mrs. Smyth and 
visited Egypt and Palestine, as well as many European countries 
before returning home. In his later life he made repeated European 
trips and also traveled extensively in this country and in Mexico and 
Cuba. These travels contributed to make Governor Smyth an inter- 
esting man. He was a pleasant racontcui*, and his experiences in 
the different parts of the globe furnished him with an abundant fund 
of information. His pleasant home abounded in tokens of travel, 
curious and rare bits of many lands, telling of a spirit that loved 
nature and loved to travel among mankind and study the habits and 
customs of those with whom he was thus brought in contact. 

^Mr. Smyth was a generous and benevolent man. He gave cheer- 
fully of his abundance, and no man ever more readily lent a hand to 
those who were trying to help themselves. He was an honored 
member of the Franklin-street Congregational Society, where his in- 
fluence for good was always felt. In 1865 Dartmouth college con- 
ferred upon him the honorary degree of master of arts. He was 
elected a resident member of the New-England Historic Genealogi- 
cal Society in 1888, and was vice-president of the Society 1894-96. 

Mr. Smyth was married in 1841: to Miss Emily Lane, a daughter 
of John Lane of Candia. In 1885 Mrs. Smyth died, and in 18 S 6 
he married while in Scotland, Miss Marion Hamilton Cossar, who 
survives him. He died in Hamilton, Bermuda, April 22, 1S99. 

Charles Buknham Whitman, a life member since ISO 6, who 
died at Rampart City, Alaska, April 2G y 1899, was born in South 
Boston, August 2 2,' 1848, son of Snow and Mary Kidder (Frost) 
Whitman. He was descended from John Whitman 1 , who was oi 
Weymouth, Mass., as early as 1638, through Thomas 2 born 1629, 


Nicholas*, John* born 1704, Ezra 5 born 17-47, David Snow* born 
1774, Snow 7 born 1801. 

Mr. Whitman married in Boston, September 5, 1894, Anna How- 
ard Bowen of Warren, R. I., daughter of Henry A. and Deborah 
Luther (Bushee) Bowen, who survives him. He was educated at 
the Lawrence Grammar School, receiving there a Franklin medal, at 
the Boston Latin School and the Massachusetts Institute of Tech- 
nology. His experience in a law office for several years gave him 
some familiarity with public records, which he subsequently used to 
advantage, as he had a decided faculty for research, and became not 
only an enthusiastic but an expert genealogist. He rendered valua- 
ble assistance in connection with the compilation of the Whitman 
Genealogy, and in many other similar undertakings, being especially 
interested in the Frost and Bowen families. His exceedingly quiet 
manner and retiring disposition doubtless prevented him from assum- 
ing the position warranted by his fitness for and familiarity with 
genealogical work. But notwithstanding he was noticeably modest 
and unassuming, he made many friends by his genial manners and 
his kindness, beiiijj ever readv to izive assistance to others. He was 
also interested in scientific matters, and latterly devoted much time 
to the study of facts relating to mining in Alaska, which resulted in 
his joining a party going there in 1898. About sLx months later 
his life work was ended, his death being caused by asphyxiation 
in descending a mine. 
By Fkaxcis Everett Blake. 

Willis Barnabee Mendoi was born in Portsmouth, Xew 
Hampshire, December 7, 1826, the fifth of the eleven children of 
John and Adeline (Perkins) Mendum. His father, a man greatly 
respected for many substantial qualities, was, during more than 
thirty years, one of the stage drivers of the line of coaches between 
Portsmouth and Boston, — an establishment which was the pride of 
the good people of those towns and of the intermediate country, for 
its admirable equipment of high-fed, well groomed, fast horses and 
elegant Concord-built coaches, and for their skilful drivers. These 
energetic and faithful men were renowned for the punctuality and 
safety with which their daily trips were made, heedless of weather 
or any obstruction. Carrying news and messages gratuitously from 
neighbor to neighbor, and bearing orders and remittances which the 
high rates of postage then prevailing excluded from the mail, they 
fulfilled the service now rendered by the modern system of express 
companies. When their occupation was superseded by the build- 
ing of railways, many of these men became railway officials and ex- 
press messengers or managers. 

The subject of this sketch, a diligent scholar from his youth, stood 
high in his cla^s in the Portsmouth High School, and was there fitted 


for college, but failing health compelled him to relinquish study, and 
in 1843 he accepted a position in the Suffolk Bank, Boston, which 
then, with a large staff of clerks, fulfilled some the duties of the 
modern clearing-house. His health suffered from the close confine- 
ment, and he was led to adopt a line of business affording exercise 
in the open air. He bought out an established grocery concern in 
Boston, and soon had several profitable branches. He was instru- 
mental in forming a union of the trade, himself presiding at the early 
meetings, which established the Grocers' Association, now widely 
known for its successful Food Fairs. During his busiest years he 
retained his fondness for literary work, pursuing classic studies in 
leisure hours at home, and enjoying visits to the Boston Athenaeum 
when he could steal a few hours from business appointments. Ear- 
nest in the love of progress, he was an early and constant worker for 
the temperance cause, and an advocate for the abolition of slavery 
at a time when such efforts were not only unpopular, but positively 
hazardous. Early in the war for the Union, he so incurred the ill- 
will of a large number of sympathisers with slave power, that he felt 
obliged to remove his family from their home to escape threatened 

His home during the last twenty years of his life was at " Cottage 
Side," East Cottage Street, Dorchester, near to "The Old Blake 
House," the home of the Dorchester Historical Society, of which he 
was the diligent and honored Secretary. Early interested in the 
study of political economy, his reading of Dr. Wayland's and simi- 
lar treatises confirmed him in the principles of free trade and the 
hope of their acceptance by all the commercial nations. Of the 
liberal school of religion, he was a constant attendant on the services 
of the Universalist church, and in the" last year of his life was much 
interested in the erection of the church on Virginia Street. To the 
many calls upon him for aid in works of progress and reform, he res- 
ponded to the full extent of his pecuniary ability, as well as by wise 
advice and personal effort. Within a few hours of his death he had 
been- engaged exhaustively in philanthropic labors. He was an 
inspiring example of modest, conscientious, unselfish service. 

lie was a member of the New-England Historic Genealogical 
Society from the year 18 ( J5. He died in Dorchester, May 8, lo99. 
By John Joseph May. 

William Wallace Bailey, A.B., LL.B., was born in Hop- 
kinton, Xew Hampshire, November 11, 1829. He was the son of 
Thomas and Jemima (Smith) Bailey. He attended the district 
6chools of his native place, and was a student at Pembroke Academy 
and the Xew Hampshire Conference Seminary at Xorthfield, where 
he fitted for college. He entered Dartmouth College in 1850, and 
was graduated in the class of 1854. He read law in the offce Oi 


George & Foster in Concord, New Hampshire, and completed his 
course of study in the law school at Albany, New York, where 
he was graduated in 1856. Following his graduation he settled in 
Nashua and continued his practice there up to the time of his death. 

He was known as a sound and able lawyer, having the confidence 
of the court, his associates at the bar and a numerous clientage. He 
was city solicitor of Nashua for 1884, during which time the legal 
interests of the city were faithfully cared for. He was active in 
public affairs and represented his ward in the legislature in 18G3 
and 1864, and was supported by his party for state senator in 18G7 
and 18G8, for presidential elector at large on the democratic ticket 
in 1884, and for member of congress in 1886. Mr. Bailey served 
the state as a trustee of the New Hampshire College of Agriculture 
and the Mechanic Arts from 1871 to 1876, and as a trustee of the 
state library. He also served the city of Nashua for a number of 
years as a member of the Board of Education, and as trustee of 
the public library from 1873 to 1897. In all these positions he 
rendered faithful service, his integrity and singleness of purpose 
never having been called in question. 

He was director and president of the Wilton Railroad Company 
from 1871 to 1874, when he was elected a director of the Nashua & 
Lowell Railroad, a position to which he was re-elected every year to 
the time of his death. He was also treasurer of the corporation 
since 1891. He was president of the Nashua Savings Bank from 
1879 to 1895, and also a director in the Indian Head National Bank 
and the Hillsboro Mills, being president of the latter company as 
well. He was appointed a trustee of the state library by Governor 
Hamsdell, and held that position at the time of his death. 

He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Nashua. 
He had been connected with the New-England Historic Genealogi- 
cal Society since 1885. He was a member of Rising Sun lodge, 
A.F. and A.M., of which he was the worshipful master in 1862 
and 1863, and was a Scottish Rite Mason of the 32d degree. Be- 
side attending to the duties of his profession he found time to devote 
to the preparation of articles of historic interest, which he read 
before the New-England Historic Genealogical Society. He was 
prominent in the New Hampshire Society of the Sons of the Revo- 

Mr. Bailey was married in 1858 to Mary B. Greeley, who sur- 
vives him. He also leaves two children, Dr. William T. Bailey of 
Boston and Miss Helen G. Bailey of Nashua. He died in Nashua, 
June 9, 1899. 

William Whitwell Greexough, A.B., only child of William 
and Sarah (Gardner) Greenougli, and grandson of the Rev. Wil- 
liam Greenough of Newton, Mass., was born in Boston, June 25, 


1818, and died there June 17, 1899. The first William Green- 
ough came to Boston before 1G50, and has been represented by 
seven generations of citizens to the present time. 

Mr. Greenough was fitted for college at the Latin School in Bos- 
ton, and at the private school of Mr. F. P. Leverett. He entered 
the Freshman class in Harvard University in 1833, and graduated 
in 1837. Before and after graduating, having an earnest desire to 
accomplish himself as a linguist, and especially to become an Orien- 
tal scholar, with the expectation of an appointment to a professor- 
ship, he went to Andover, where he spent a year in the pursuit of 
his favorite studies. But in the autumn of 1838, after much reflec- 
tion, he decided to relinquish the plan of becoming a teacher of lan- 
guages, and to enter the counting-room of his father, who was a 
merchant in the hardware trade. Here he remained, after becoming 
a partner in the business, till February, 1852, when he was ap- 
pointed Agent of the Boston Gaslight Company. In 1853 he was 
elected also its Treasurer, and these positions he held until 1889, 
when he retired from business. 

Mr. Greenough led a very busy and active life. He was a mem- 
ber of the City Council in 1847, 1848 and 1849, "having accepted 
the office for the purpose of furthering the introduction of a proper 
water supply for the city." In 1849 he delivered the Fourth of 
July oration before the city authorities of Boston. In 1842, at its 
foundation, and for some years afterwards, he was a member of the 
American Oriental Society of Boston. In 1843 he was elected a 
member of the Societe Orientale of Paris; in 1845, of the Xew- 
England Historic Genealogical Society; in 1849, of the Phi Beta 
Kappa of Harvard University; in 1879, of the Massachusetts His- 
torical Society; in 1884, Corresponding Member of the Rhode 
Island Historical Society ; and also a member of other organiza- 
tions, societies and associations since 1879. Besides all these, Mr. 
Greenough gave a great deal of time and valuable service to the 
Boston Public Library, of which he was chosen a Trustee in 1850, 
and, by annual election, President of the Board from 18G6 until 
1889. He was also a Trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts from its 
foundation in 1870. His published writings were mainly addresses 
and reports in connection with his duties as Trustee of the Public 
Library ; some articles in the first volume of the Journal of the 
American Oriental Society; articles in the X. Y. Review, 1838, 
and the Biblical Repository at Andover, 1838, and a Mieso-Gothic 

He made repeated visits abroad, sometimes for needed rest and 
relief from continuous work, and sometimes to examine the gas sup- 
plies and the administration of the large manufactories of gas in 
England, Scotland, Holland, Belgium, France and Germany ; aa 
well as those established at St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Copen- 



hagen and Hamburg. Besides attending to these interests in his 
travels in Europe in 1840. 1858, 1808,^1872, 1881 and 188(5, he 
had in view to visit the great libraries and art galleries of London, 
Paris, Berlin and St. Petersburg, and those of other cities of Great 
Britain and in the north, centre and south of Europe. 

Mr. Grcenough was married on the 15th of June. 1841, to Catherine 
Scollay Curtis, daughter of Charles Pclham and Anna (Scollay) 
Curtis. Bv this marriage he had six children, four of whom sur- 
vive him — three sons and one daughter. They are all married and 
have families. 
By Charles P. Greknocgh, Esq. 

Walbeidge Abxer Field, A.B., LL.D., the eldest child of 
Abner and Louisa Griswokl Field, was born in Xortli Springfield, 
Vermont, April 20, 1833, and died in Boston, Massachusetts, July 
15, 1899. He first went to the district school of his native town; 
when thirteen he attended the academy at Perkinsville, close by, for 
a short time; then the Springfield Wesleyan Seminary until he 
went to Kimball L'nion Academy, Meriden, Xew Hampshire, where 
he spent two years (1849-51), and in the latter year entered Dart- 
mouth College, whence he was graduated, with signal honors, in 
1855. He at once became Tutor in that institution, and served as 
such for two years. He studied law with Harvey Jewell, Esq., in 
Boston the following two years. From September, 1859, to Jan- 
uary, 18 GO, he attended Harvard Law School, and having been ad- 
mitted to the bar in May of that year, he entered upon the practice 
of law with Mr. Jewell, and so continued until July, 1800, when 
he was appointed Assistant U. S. Attorney for the District of Mas- 
sachusetts, in which capacity he served for about four years. In 
May, 1869, he was appointed Assistant Attorney-General of the 
United States and removed to Washington ; returned to Boston in 
1870 and became a member of the law-firm of Jewell, Gaston & 
Field ; served as a member of the School Committee of that city in 
1803 and 1804, and member of its Common Council in 1805, '00 
and '67. In 1870 he was elected Representative to Congress, re- 
ceiving the certificate of election and occupying his seat until, upon 
a contest, it was awarded to the contestant ; but at the next election 
he was returned to Congress and served his term, at the end of 
which he declined a renomination. In February, 1881, he was ap- 
pointed by Gov. Long to the bench of the Supreme Judicial Court 
of his adopted state, and in September, 1890, was promoted to it3 
Chief Justiceship, which position he filled till the time of his death. 

October 14, 1809, he married Eliza Ellen McLoon of Rockland, 
Maine, by whom he had two daughters, who survive him. His 
first wife died March 8, 1877; and Oct. 31, 1882, he married 
Frances Eaton Farwell of Rockland, Maine, who survives to mourn 
her irreparable loss. 


To fairly estimate the life and character of Judge Field would re- 
quire more space than the necessary brevity of this paper will per- 
mit. For that character he had the best possible foundation, com- 
pacted of generations of a stalwart Xew England ancesrry, being 
descended on his father's side from the Fields of Rhode Island, a 
stock from which have sprung so many eminent men, and being the 
seventh in direct lineal descent from Roger "Williams, that stanch 
defender of religious freedom. On his mothers side he was de- 
scended from the Griswolds of Connecticut, whose ancestor, Edward 
Griswold, came from England and settled at Windsor, in that State, 
in 1645. As a boy he was, to use the words of his surviving 
brother, "bright, quick, active, and a good deal of an athlete, be- 
sides beincr a most excellent scholar." His father was what was called 
"well-to-do," yet, like many of his classmates, more from a spirit of 
self-helpfulness than necessity, he taught school several seasons dur- 
ing his academic and college course. 

Born and reared among the hills of Xew England, he went forth 
from the simple, but sufficient, comforts of a Xew England home, 
imbued with its best influences and inspired with a laudable ambi- 
tion for success in life, according to a high Xew England standard. 
In college he at once took rank as the head of his class in scholar- 
ship, and maintained it until the end of the course. During the 
four years he never missed a question at recitations, and acquitted 
himself with like credit in the other class exercises, receiving perfect 
marks during every term, a distinction never earned by any other 
graduates of the college except Rufus Choate and Prof. Putnam, 
his instructor in Greek. His reading at that time, not connected 
with his studies, was less expensive than that of some of his class- 
mates ; but thoroughness in what he undertook was one of his char- 
acteristics, in which respect the boy was father to the man. He 
was always kind and friendly in his intercourse witli his classmates, 
and retained a deep and tender interest in their after lives. In 1805 
he, with eight others, among them the Hon. Xelson Dingley, Jr., 
and the writer, was present at the reunion of his class at Hanover, 
to celebrate its fortieth anniversary, and no one evinced a deeper or 
more sympathetic interest in the occasion and in the recounting of 
what of good or ill had befallen our different classmates. At that 
Commencement he was elected President of the College Alumni As- 

He brought to the practice of his profession a zeal, a well-trained 
mind, and habits of industry, which did not fail to win success : but 
the bencli was doubtless his most congenial place, and gave best 
scope to his highest qualities and attainments. In Congress he was 
out of his natural element, and told the writer that only the obliga- 
tion under which he felt to the constituency which believed it had 
once fairly elected him, induced him to accept a second nomination. 




His bent of mind was judicial rather than forensic, as I should make 
the distinction, and it required no little effort for him to unhitch 
himself from the star of his highest intent and mingle in the turmoil 
of men. He took his seat upon the bench exceptionally equipped 
for its duties, as well by natural gifts and temperament as by great 
learning, untiring industry and incorruptible integrity. While giv- 
ing to the members of the bar a patient and courteous hearing in the 
presentation of their eases, to which they have borne willing testi- 
mony, yet the truth of facts and principles of law involved seldom 
eluded his keen perceptions, and justice was the constant motive of 
his decisions. Upon his judicial ermine the shadow of suspicion 
was never cast. As Chief Justice of the highest court of the great 
Commonwealth, whose decisions are deservedly held in such general 
esteem by the courts of her sister States, his name will hold a proud 
and lasting place among those of his illustrious predecessors. In 
the private walks of life he was pure, honorable, charitable, gener- 
ous, and, while not a votary of what is styled " society," he was 
sincerely affectionate, — true alike to the ties of friendship and fam- 
ily. He was elected a member of the Xew-England Historic Gene- 
alogical Society in 1891. 

By Sjlmuel R. Boxt>, A.M. 

Elias Sill Hawley, A.B., was born in Moreau, Saratoga 
County, New York, October 28, 1812. He was the son of Seth 6 
and Susan (Sill) Hawley. The line of his earlier ancestry was as 
follows : Amos, 5 Ebenezer, 4 Capt. Joseph, 3 Samuel, 2 Joseph 1 . 
Joseph 1 Hawley was born in England about 1603, came to America 
about 1630 and resided at Stratford, Connecticut, from 1650 to the 
time of his death, May 20, 1600. 

The subject of this sketch attended district school winters and 
worked on the farm summers until fifteen years of age. One of his 
uncles offering to give him an education or to give him one thousand 
dollars when he should reach the age of twenty-one, the lad ac- 
cepted the former, and fitted for college at Cambridge Academy in 
Washington County. After spending two years in Middlebury 
College he taught one year and then entered the senior class in 
Union College, from which he was graduated in 1833. He then 
taught for some time in Weston Academy, Connecticut, and at 
Glen's Falls, New York ; and in the autumn of the year 1836 re- 
moved to Buffalo, Xew York, which was ever after his home. Here 
he entered into partnership with Rev. Philos G. Cook in the man- 
agement of a private school. When the public schools of the city 
were first made free in 1838, he was appointed teacher for Xo. 8, 
the first school opened under the new system. He studied law in 
the office of Barker and Hawley, and after three years was admitted 
to practice in the Supreme Court of the State, and the next year was 


admitted to the old Court of Chancer}'. After practising a short 
time in partnership with Jesse Walker, afterwards .Judge of the 
Erie County Court, he abandoned his profession and engaged in 
other occupations. 

lie was Superintendent of the public schools of Buffalo in 1844, 
'46 and ? 47, alderman of the city in ? G7 and r 6*8, during which term 
he was largely instrumental in securing the land now forming the 
City Park of Buffalo. He was for twenty-three years Superinten- 
dent of the extensive iron works and blast furnace at Black Buck. 
now Buffalo. In 1883 he was a member of the State Assembly. 
The same year he was appointed Secretary' and Treasurer of the 
Buffalo Insane Asylum, now the Buffalo State Asylum, a position 
which he retained to the time of his death. For many years he was 
in charge of large real estate interests. He was much interested in 
the Buffalo Historical Society, and was its president in 1880. He 
was a member of the Buffalo Library Association, of the State His- 
torical Society of Wisconsin, and since 1853, of the New-England 
Historic Genealogical Society. He was much interested in the 
genealogical history of his family, and for forty years was collecting 
material for The Hawley Record, wluch he published in a large 
folio volume, Buffalo, 1890. He was connected with the North 
Presbyterian Chiu*ch, and was one of its trustees. Through his 
long and honorable career, he was noted for his integrity, faithful- 
ness and honesty. 

He married, May 30, 1845, Lavinia Hurd Selden, daughter of 
Huntington and Laura Hurd Selden of Middle Haddam, Connecti- 
cut. She survives him, with a son, Edward S. Hawley of Buffalo, 
and three daughters, Mrs. Delia A. Brush, wife of Dr. Edward X. 
Brush, Superintendent of the Shepard Asylum, Baltimore, Miss 
Man^ Hawley and Miss Lavinia Hawley of Buffalo. Mr. Hawley 
died" in Buffalo, July 2G t 1809. 

George White, A.M., LL.B., for more than forty years a mem- 
ber of the Xew-England Historic Genealogical Society, died at his 
home in Wellc?ley, July 29, 1899. He was a descendant of Thomas 1 
White, who probably was a native of Weymouth, England. He 
was admitted a freeman of Massachusetts Colony, March 3, lG3o, 
being then and previously an inhabitant of Weymouth. He was 
born in 1599; died in 1G79. His wife's name unknown, probahly 
■ Hannah. His son, Ebenezer White, was born in Weymouth in 
1648, was admitted a freeman 1C74, died August, 1703 or 1 rOa. 
He married Hannah Phillips, born in Weymouth, Nov. 2b , 165 l t 
daughter of Nicholas Phillips and Hannah Salter, who were married 
in Boston, Dec. 4, 1651. His son, Thomas 3 White, was born in 
Weymouth, and died April 28, 1752, aged 79. His wife was 
Mary, daughter of James and Sarah (Baker) White of Dorchester. 


His son, Nathaniel, 4 born Sept. 4, 1701, Harvard College 1725, 
married April 27, 1726, Sarah Lovell, who died May 15, 1732. 
He was an eminent physician in Weymouth, and died Nov. 23, 
1757 or 1758. His second wife was Ruth Holbrook, who died 
May, 1752. Their son, Nathaniel, 5 was born May 1G, 1749, and 
married Sarah, daughter of "William White and Sarah (Daggett) 
AVhite, 1770. He died Xov. 16, 1784. His son, Nathaniel, 6 was 
born Dec. 27, 1772. Married Nov. 27, 1794, Mary Hullis of 
Braintree, born Feb. 25, 177G, daughter of Capt. Thomas Hollis 
and Lydia Holbrook. He died Feb. 16, 1837. His wife died 
Aug. 12, 1878, aged 102. His son, Nathaniel, 7 was born Sept. 6, 
1795. Married Mehitable Curtis Nov. 2, 1819, daughter of Theo- 
philus, born Nov. 29, 1769, and Rebecca French, born March 9, 
1770. Nathaniel died in Quincy, Jan. 29, 18G7. His son, George 8 
"White, was born Nov. 9, 1821, in Quincy. 

Judge "White was fitted for college, under Dr. Soule, at Phillips 
Academy, Exeter, N. PL, where he was easily the leader in forensic 
power, and, as President of the Golden Branch Society, was the or- 
ganized head of the leading literary school society of that time. 
After a year's study at Yale he entered the Sophomore class at Har- 
vard. He stayed there, however, but a few months, returning to 
Yale, where he remained until his graduation in '48. While at 
Yale he was a member of the Linonian Debating Society, and was 
its President for some time. He also was a member of the Skull 
and Bones Society and the Phi Beta Kappa. On leaving Yale he 
spent two years at Harvard Law School and one in the office of 
Hon. Robert Rantoul as a student. In 1851, on his admission to 
the bar, he became Mr. Rantoul's partner, and continued as such 
until Mr. Rantoul's death. He then entered into partnership with 
Hon. Asa French, which continued until his appointment as Judge 
of Probate and Insolvency of Norfolk County, July, 1858, which 
office he held till his death. Judge AA^hite was by nature and busi- 
ness association greatly interested in practical politics. He was in- 
fluential in the conduct of public affairs in Quincy when quite young, 
and was recognized early as a man of ability, the town sending him, 
in 1853, as a delegate to the Massachusetts Constitutional Conven- 
tion, which included in its membership Rufus Choatc, Charles Sum- 
ner, B. F. Butler, II. L. Dawes, N. P. Banks, Geo. S. Boutwell 
and many others of the same stamp, — a wonderful school in politics 
for a young student with a taste for that branch of knowledge. 

Judge AVhite was chosen president of the * f Young Men's Conven- 
tion " in 1857, which nominated N. P. Banks for Governor of Mas- 
sachusetts, who, after his election, appointed his friend to the office 
which he held the remainder of his life. It seems somewhat remark- 
able that his very success in politics in his early experience should 
have absolutely barred his farther progress in this direction. His 


position in college, his popularity in his native town, his aptness in 
political management, his success in his forensic attempts, all had 
great promise of advancement in public office, and yet it cannot be 
said that the work that he did was any the less important to the 
world or his fellow-men than that done by those who had been his 
associates, and who afterward attained higher political position. 
The anxieties he has relieved, the burdens he has lessened, the 
wrongs he has righted, the sorrows he has soothed, make a grand 
total of success which any politician may well envy. His work was 
not, however, confined to his court, but extended to a large law 
practice and to the care of trust estates. "While he lived in Qnincy 
he took an active interest in church and school, serving as Superin- 
tendent of the Sunday. school of the Old Stone Temple (Unitarian) 
for twelve years, as Chairman of the Parish Committee, and as 
Chairman of the School Committee for many years. At his home 
in "Wellesley, although declining for the most part any activity in 
local politics, he was always recognized as a safe counsellor, and 
was invariably appealed to for advice in any doubtful matter. He 
did not refuse at times active participation in public matters, as, for 
example : he was at the head of the committee to introduce water 
into the town, and carried the matter through to a successful issue. 
He kept a diary through his life from his early school days, and, 
while there was not always a daily entry, yet every event of conse- 
quence, of a public or private character, was duly noted with his 
personal comments on the events and the men of the hour. He 
held the office of Judge of Probate longer than any other judge in 
Massachusetts or New England. 

He was married Oct. 28, 1863, to Frances Mary Edwena Xoyes, 
daughter of Edward Xoyes of Boston, and grand-daughter of Rev. 
Thomas Xoyes and Benjamin Slack, both of whom lived within the 
limits of the present town of Wellesley and were men of wide influ- 
ence. His wife and three children survive him. His oldest child 
is Dr. George Rantoul White, Instructor at Phillips Exeter Acad- 
emy ; Harvard A.B., '8G ; A.M., '87 ; Ph.D., '96. His daughter, 
Mary Hawthorne, Radeliffe '94, is the wife of Clarence Alfred Bun- 
ker. His youngest son, Edward Xoyes White, is a student. 
By the Hon. Joseph E. Fiske. A.M. 

Rev. George Faber Clark wa3 elected a corresponding mem- 
ber of this Society in 1855, admitted a resident member in 1871, 
and a life member in 1872. He was born at Shipton (now Rich- 
mond), Canada East, February 17, 1817, during the temporary 
residence there of his parents, Jonas and Mary (Twitchcll) Clark. 
In a carefully compiled manuscript account of his own branch of the 
Clark family, Mr. Clark derives his descent in a direct line from 
Arthur Clark, who was admitted freeman at Hampton, 1610, and 

MEMOIRS. cxxxiii 

was afterwards of Salem and Boston, through Samuel* of Concord, 
and Rachel (XichoUs), "William 3 and Eunice (Taylor), William* 
and Sarah (Locke) of Townsend : Jonas 5 and Mary (Twitehell) 
Clark, his parents. Soon after his birth Mr. Clark's parents re- 
turned from Canada to Dublin, New Hampshire. Here Mr. Clark's 
boyhood was passed. His father's large family, of which he was 
the twelfth child, rendered it necessary that he should, from an early 
age, share the hard work in gaining a livelihood. At eight years 
ofagehewas put out to service and underwent many hardships. 
When fourteen years old he was apprenticed to Andrew Emery of 
Jaffrey, Xew Hampshire, to learn the shoemakers' trade. His term 
of service was to be seven years, with the privilege of two months' 
schooling in the winter, Wlien about half this term had passed he 
became interested in religion, and at nineteen years of age, with the 
reluctant consent of his lather, he purchased the balance of his time 
from his master, and, with but a small amount of money, and en- 
tirely dependent upon himself, he entered Melville Academy at Jaf- 
frey, to begin his preparation for the Christian ministry. 

In 1837 he entered Phillips Exeter Academy, being obliged to 
teach school in the winter, and to work at his trade in the summer 
vacations, in order to meet his expenses. When nearly ready for 
admission to college his health broke down and he was obliged to 
suspend his studies for a year and a half. In 1843 he entered Har- 
vard Theological School and graduated in 1846. He then preached 
for some time at Leverett, Charlemont and Shelburne, Massachu- 
setts. He was pastor at Warwick, Massachusetts, from 1648 to 
1852 ; at Norton, Massachusetts, from 1852 to 1862, and at Stow, 
Massachusetts, 1862 to 1867. After some months of service as 
lecturer for the Grand Lodge of Good Templars in Massachusetts, 
he preached at Castine, Maine, until 1870. He was pastor at Men- 
don, Massachusetts, from 1871 to 1883, and at Hubbardston, Mas- 
sachusetts, from 1883 to 1889. 

Then, at the age of 72, he retired from active service in the min- 
istry, and removed to West Acton, Massachusetts, where he spent 
the remainder of his life. In all his parishes his pure life and 
blameless character have left an abiding influence. As a preacher 
he was plain, earnest and practical : as a pastor, faithful and de- 
voted to his charge. He was a good citizen as well as a faithful 
minister ; but he will probably be remembered longest for his work 
as a lifelong temperance reformer. He was a member and in 1871-2 
Chairman of the State Committee of the Prohibition party, and was 
for twelve years, 1876—1888, a member of the national committee. 
In all the fraternal temperance organizations Mr. Clark was a dis- 
tinguished leader ; especially in the Good Templars, he having re- 
ceived the highest honors of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, 
and having been for years an eminent member of the supreme lodge 
of the United States. 


Besides his constant contributions to the press on temperance 
topics, Mr. Clark published two volumes, "The History of Norton " 
and the w Histoiy of the Temperance Reform in Massachusetts." He 
was a member of the fr Society of Antiquity " of Worcester, and a 
corresponding member of the "Wisconsin Historical Society." Mr. 
Clark married, April 1, 1847, Miss Harriet Emery, daughter of 
Lieut. Daniel Emery of Jaffrev, New Hampshire. He died in 
West Acton, July 31, 1899. 
Bj the "Rev. George M. Bodge, A.M. 

Samuel Joiixsox, A.M., twenty-nine years a member of this 
Society, died at his summer home at Xahant, 13 August, 1899, 
aged 73 years. He was the son of Samuel and Charlotte Abigail 
(Howe) Johnson, and was born in Boston 20 March, 182G, and 
received his education at Sandwich Academy and Chauncy Hall 
school. At the age of sixteen he was placed in the store of Hovey, 
Williams & Co., Water street, and was assigned the usual hard 
work expected of boys in those days. He was very conscientious 
in the performance of every task, however menial, and soon rose to 
favor with his employers. In 1850 he became a partner witli C. 
F. Hovey & Co., and remained in the firm until his death, Mr. 
Henry Woods and Mr. William Endicott having been associated 
with him during the entire period. He frequently visited Europe in 
the interest of the house, assuming the responsibility for its large 
purchases during the years when there was no xVtlantic cable to aid 
one in such transactions. 

Mr. Johnson was married, 29 March, 1859, to Mary A. Stoddard, 
daughter of Deacon Charles and Mary A. (Xoble) Stoddard of 
Boston ; and the following year he joined the Old South Church, in 
which he had been brought up, and in which he took a life-long in- 
terest, serving in its standing committee, often as chairman, and 
devoting his best energies to its financial, social and religious work. 
During the last twelve years he was treasurer of the society, and 
managed its affairs with characteristic prudence and zeal. He was 
one of the leading advocates of the removal of the Old South Church 
to the Lack Kay, believing that only by so doing could it properly 
minister to the religious needs of the congregation, which, in the 
course of years, had almost wholly removed to the new territory. 
His loyalty to the pastors was always hearty and true, affording 
abundant evidence of his readiness to support them in every eliort 
to promote the welfare of the church. 

In addition to his regular business, Mr. Johnson 2;ave much of 
his time and thought as a trustee and adviser in the management ot 
several large estates. Many smaller trusts also sought and obtained 
his valuable, though often gratuitous, assistance. His judgment 
was uniformly wise and helpful, and his large experience gave him a 




recognized authority beyond that of most men. His generosity to 
religious and educational institutions was widely known and grate- 
fully acknowledged. His regular gifts for missions have seldom 
been exceeded. His name appears in most of the charitable and 
philanthropic movements of our time ; and the representatives of 
many good causes will hardly know where to find his successor. 

Among the important positions held by Mr. Johnson it is an 
honor to his memory to recall the fact that he was a trustee in the 
Provident Institution for Savings, the Massachusetts Hospital Life 
Insurance Company, the Boston Young Men's Christian Associa- 
tion, the Home for Aged Women, the Boston Dispensary, the Mas- 
sachusetts Bible Society and Wheaton Seminary. He was a direc- 
tor of the TTebster National Bank, president of the American Con- 
gregational Association, and for several years one of the Commis- 
sioners of the Sinking Fund of the City of Boston. He was an ac- 
tive member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and of the 
Congregational Club, and a life member of the Bostonian Society. 
In 1899 he received the deserved compliment of the degree of Mas- 
ter of Arts from Williams College. 

By the Rev. Edward G. Pouter, A.M. 

A fuller memoir of Mr. Johnson, with portrait, appeared in the Register, January, 

Benjamin Greex Smith was born in Boston, October 1, 1816, 
graduated from the Boston English High School in the class of 
1830, and died in Cambridge, August 23, 1899, leaving a widow, 
the daughter of Moses Warren, and one daughter, to mourn an ex- 
ceptionally devoted and affectionate husband and father. He was 
the son of Benjamin Smith, born in Rowley, Massachusetts, in 
1793, and grandson of Joseph Smith, born in Rowley in 1765. 

Mr. Smith retired from business many years ago, his health at 
that time being in a precarious condition, and he had the rare priv- 
ilege of realizing fully the dream of his early life, which was the 
opportunity to practice scientific and practical horticulture. His 
ambition was to grow every variety of fruits and Mowers. He had' 
one hundred varieties of hybrid perpetual roses. Nothing was too 
difficult for him to attempt. It was deemed impossible to cultivate 
the high-bush blueberry, yet Mr. Smith studied the natural condi- 
tions of the fruit, and energetically undertook what proved to be a 
£reat success. Among his specialties were hardy grapes, of which 
Tie had more than sixty varieties. He also raised English goose- 
berries, currants of all kinds, pears, apples, quinces, raspberries 
and strawberries in great variety. His conservatory, forcing-house 
and cold grapery were models. 

He was specially interested in the Massachusetts Horticultural 
Society, of which he was for a long time vice-president. For many 


years he was treasurer of the American Pomological Society, pres- 
ident of the Massachusetts Agricultural Club, life member of the 
Middlesex Agricultural Society, of the American Forestry Associa- 
tion, of the Bay State Agricultural Society, of the American Asso- 
ciation for the Advancement of Science, and local secretary of the 
Audubon Society. lie was elected to the Xew-Englaud Historic 
Genealogical Society in 1870, and became a life member in 1872. 

The last summons came quietly and without pain, as befitted his 
peaceful and serene old age. Bright and active to the last, in the 
full use of all his faculties, with but slight evidence of the marks of 
advancing years, his departure has left us bereft indeed, consoled 
only by the remembrance of the character of one whom it was a 
rare privilege to know. Mr. Smith was strongly averse to all dis- 
play and ostentation. Although during his life he held many posi- 
tions of honor and responsibility, he was not ambitious, except in 
the highest and noblest sense, and he refused more offices than he 
ever accepted. He was a man of whom all who knew him inti- 
mately will say that if there was a kind, thoughtful, considerate act 
to be performed he would improve the opportunity with a rare dis- 
cernment. The most loving memory of a pure, kindly, loyal, un- 
selfish nature is left to those who knew him best and longest. 

Bj B£XJA.3II>* Cctleb. Claek, A.B. 

Edward Henry 'Williams, a life member, elected February 2, 
1887, died at Jamaica Plain, formerly West Poxbury, and now a 
part of Boston, August 24, 1899. He was a native of West Pox- 
bury or Jamaica Plain, and was born there on Green street, on 
April 27, 185G. He was the son of George Henry Williams and 
his wife, Hannah Ellis Coney. He was a descendant of Poger 
"Williams of Dorchester, through George H., 7 John, 8 John, 5 Zeba- 
diah, 4 Ebenezer, 3 Ebenezer, 2 Poger, 1 and on his mother's side a des- 
cendant of William Coney of Stoughtonham, thus : Hannah Ellis, 3 
Jabez/ William. 1 His father was a native of Boston and his 
mother a native of Dedham. 

Mr. Williams was educated in the West Poxbury schools, and 
after working two years in the Atlantic Felting Mill at Quincy, en- 
tered Comer's Commercial College in Boston, where he graduated. 
In 18 7 G, after his father's death, he entered the law office of John 
D. Bryant and Isaac H. Sweetser, Esqrs., where, from the branch 
of conveyancing, he gradually worked into negotiating western 
mortgages and became a director in the Equitable Trust and Invest- 
ment Company, a corporation organized under the laws of Kansas 
in 1885. Of this organization he wa3 also vice-president. Al- 
though not entering the legal profession, he was well informed in 
office practice. His business being affected by the general depres- 
sion and failure of western mortgages in 1891, he entered the 

MEMOIRS. cxxxvii 

grocery business at Jamaica Plain, in the old and successful stand 
of his wife's father. Mr. Daniel A. Brown, on Green street. Mr. 
Brown having died at about that time, Mr. Williams succeeded him 
as proprietor of the firm of E. A. Brown & Co. In this business 
Mr. Williams was engaged at the time of his death, regarding which 
sad event the general feeling among merchants of his community 
was that a man of much esteem had passed from their midst. He 
was quiet and unassuming, and respected by all who knew him. 
He was a kind husband and father, and, as one who knew him in- 
timately and loved him has said, was one of " God's noblemen." 

Mr. Williams married, December S, 1880, Miss Jessie Lena 
Brown, daughter of Daniel Andrew Brown, of Jamaica Plain. She 
survives him. Their children were : George Henry, born May 23, 
1882 ; Francis Edward, born November 18, 188-1, died December 
5, 1884: Roger Bryant, born May 21, 1887; Harold Ellis, born 
Mav 28, 1889 ; Edward Everett, born April 12, 1892, diedXovem- 
ber'l, 1891; Edna Elizabeth, born October 17, 1S93. 
By "William E. Ccttfr, Esq. 

Robert Clarke was born in Annan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, 
May 1, 1829. He came with his parents to this country in 1810, 
the family making their home in Cincinnati. Here the lad was 
educated at Woodward College. After completing his studies he 
was employed for a short time as a bookkeeper, but he soon followed 
his bent by aermiring an interest in a little second-hand book store 
in Cincinnati. The business grew until the firm of Robert Clarke & 
Co. became the Robert Clarke Company, and the little bookstore 
was exchanged for extensive quarters in the heart of the city. 

Mr. Clarke had a genuine love for books and collected a large 
private library, which was especially rich in Americana. In the 
bookstore, too, he gave special attention to publications on American 
and local history. Justin Winsor, in his "Narrative and Critical 
History of America," says : "The most important lists at present 
issued by American dealers are those of the Robert Clarke Company 
of Cincinnati." Mr. Clarke was not only a successful bibliophile, 
but a cyclopedia of bibliography. He was always a diligent student. 
He edited " Colonel George Rogers Clark's Campaign in the Illinois, 
1778-9," "James McBrkle's Pi'oneer Biographies," 1869, and " Cap- 
tain James Smith's Captivity with the Indians," 1870. Pie was the 
author of a pamphlet entitled "The Prehistoric Remains which were 
Found on the Site of the City of Cincinnati, with a Vindication of 
the Cincinnati Tablet," printed privately in 187G. 

Among his employees, Mr. Clarke was greatly loved and respected, 

many of them having been with the firm for years. His valuable 

private library of between six and seven thousand volumes has, by 

the gift of Mr. William xV. Procter, come into the possession of the 


cxxxrm x. e. rasTorje GENEALOGICAL society. 

University of Cincinnati. Mr. Clarke was elected a corresponding 
member of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society in 1869. 
He never married. He died in Cincinnati, August 26, 1899. 
By the Rer. George M. Adams, D.D. 

CnATiLES WniTTTEK, a resident member of this Society since 1893, 
was born in Vienna, Kennebec County, Maine, November 26, 1829, 
and died in Roxbury, Massachusetts, August 2$, 1899. He was 
the second child of John Brodliead Whittier and Lucy (Graham) 
Whittier. He traced his descent from Thomas Whittier, the immi- 
grant ancestor of the family, who, at the age of sixteen, came from 
Wiltshire, England, in the ship K Confidence," in 1638, with Benja- 
min Bolfe, to whom it is thought he was related. The line of de- 
scent is as follows: Thomas, 1 lived in Newbury and Haverhill, 
Massachusetts, married Ruth Green in 1688, built the house which 
has since become widely known as the birthplace of one of his 
descendants — John Greenleaf Whittier, was made a freeman May 
23, 1666, and died at Haverhill, November 28, 1698; Nathaniel,' 2 
born August 11, 1658, married first, Marv, daughter of William 
Osgood, and second, Mary, daughter of Philip and Mary (Buzwell) 
Brown; Reuben, 3 born May 17, 1686, married Deborah Pills- 
bury, December 19, 1708 ; Nathaniel, 4 born Salisbury, August 
12, 1711, married Hannah Clough, November 16, 1734; Na- 
thaniel, 5 born Salisbury, February 23, 1743, married Elizabeth 
Prescott in 1766; Jedediah, 6 born August 2, 1771, married his 
cousin, Ruth Whittier; John Brodliead, 7 the father of Charles, 8 
born June 2, 1800, in Vienna, Maine, died at Danby, Tompkins 
County, New York, May 19, 1848. Mr. Whittier also traces his 
descent from William Bullard, one of the first settlers of Dedham, 
Massachusetts, his mother being the daughter of William Graham 
a ad Lucy Bullard his wife, of Walpole, Massachusetts. 

Charles Whittier received his education in the public schools of 
Roxbury and Boston. He early displayed an inventive genius and a 
decided mechanical inclination, and at the age of seventeen entered 
on a regular apprenticeship of three years in the machinist trade. 
Meanwhile he studied mechanical engineering, devoting two winters 
to the study of drawing at the Lowell Institute. In 1859 he became 
associated in the firm of Campbell, Whittier and Company, at the 
6ame time taking the position of superintendent of the machine 
works. About 1874 the firm was incorporated as the Whittier 
Machine Company, and Mr. Whittier was made President. 

He was one of the first to engage in the manufacture of passenger 
and freight elevators, and he introduced many improvements, in- 
creasing their speed, safety and convenience. For these inventions 
he received many medals and diplomas from Industrial Exhibitions, 
including a "old medal from the Middlesex Exhibition at Lowell in 


1809, a " Special " from the International Exhibition of Sydney, New 
South Wales, in IS 79, a gold modal from the Massachusetts Charit- 
able Mechanic Association in 188 7, and a diploma from the Exhi- 
bition at Augusta, Georgia, in 1891. Mr. Wintrier was elected to 
the Massachusetts Senate in 1884, where he was chairman of the 
Committee on Manufactures. He was a member of the Massa- 
chusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, the American Society 
of Mechanical Engineers, the Boston Art Club, the Massachusetts 
Horticultural Society, the Mount Pleasant Republican Club, the Rox- 
bury Charitable Society, the Jos e \ ) hJVVarren Monument Association 
and others. He was one of""the vice-presidents of the Eliot Five 
Cent Savings Bank, a trustee of Tufts College and- of Dean Academy 
of Franklin, Massachusetts. For more than thirty-five years he was 
a member oftheEirst Universalis! Church in Roxbury. He married, 
in 1855, Eliza Isabel Campbell, eldest daughter of Benjamin F. and 
Eliza (Everett) Campbell. They had no children. 

ft He was a public spirited citizen, always advocating and working 
for the supremacy of those ideas and measures which would prove a 
lasting good to the community. He was a liberal and philanthropic 
man, always ready to give a helping hand whenever and wherever it 
was needed. In all the relations of life he was found faithful. We 
may truthfully associate with his memory the words : 

' That best portion of a good man's life, — 
His little, nameless, imremembered acts 
Of kindness and of love.' " 

By Henry A. Silver. 

Peter Ebexezer Vose was born in Robbinston, Washington 
County, Maine, November 20, 1S20, son of Peter Thacher and 
Lydia Cushing (Buck) Vose. He was eighth in descent from Robert 
Yose, born 1599, who came from Great Britain to New England in 
1G35 and settled in Dorchester (now Milton), Massachusetts. His 
ancestral line includes the families of Thacher, Sumner, Prince, Oxen- 
bridge, Tucker, Partridge, Hinckley (last colonial governor of Massa- 
chusetts), Williams (the same family from which sprang Oliver 
Cromwell), Adams and Buck. 

Mr. Yose married May 24, 1847, Lydia Kilby, daughter of Dea. 
John and Lydia Cushing (Wilder) Kilby of Dennysville, Maine, and 
had four children — Mary Matilda, married Edmund B. Sheahan : 
John Thacher, married Lizzie E. Mack (a direct descendant of 
Governor Hinckley) ; Ida Sumner, married Clinton A. Woodbury 
(who has a common ancestry with Mr. Yose in the Thacher family) ; 
and Lydia Caroline, married William B. Johnson. There are seven 
grand-children. Mr. Yose was the oldest of eight children, but one 
of whom, the youngest, Dr. E. Howard Yose of Calais, Maine, sur- 


vives. His early advantages for education were meagre, but ex- 
tensive reading, opportunities for travel and other circumstances gave 
Lira a broad outlook, keen perception, a judicial cast of mind, 
excellent judgment and earnest seeking for truth in all matters, so 
that he readily became an authority in genealogical and historical 
matters. His life was spent as a merchant and lumber manufacturer 
in Dennysville, Maine, and in the civic and religious life of the town 
he played a very large part, holding for a period of more than a 
quarter of a century the four most important town offices. For the 
game period he was treasurer of the Washington County Agricultural 
Society and of the "Washington County Bible Society. He was a 
Justice of the Peace for fifty years, a deacon in the Congregational 
Church, clerk and trustee of its funds for thirty years, superintendent 
of its Sunday School for the same length of time and a Sunday 
School teacher for fifty-eight years. 

Born and bred a Whig, he early imbibed anti-slavery ideas, and 
connected himself with the Free Soil Party in 1848, going with this 
organization into the Republican party at its formation. He was 
always active in temperance work, and never drank a glass of 
intoxicating liquors, or used tobacco in any form ; and though for 
years he ff supplied " men in the lumber camps, he never sold a pipe, 
a cigar, or an ounce of tobacco. He gave liberally to all benevolent 
and missionary enterprises, was a life member of the American 
Missionary Association, of the Boston Young Men's Christian 
Association, and a resident member since 1857 of the X. E. Historic 
Genealogical Society. He died in Dennysville, September 5, 1899, 
aged almost seventy-nine years. 

"An honored life, a peaceful end, 
And heaven to crown it all." 

By Ida. Tose Woodbuey. 

Oakes Angier Ames, a life member of this Society since 1883, 
was born at Easton, Massachusetts, April 15, 1829, of the eighth 
generation in the following line of descent. William, 1 came from 
Bruton, Somersetshire, England, in 1G40, and settled in Braintree, 
Massachusetts; John,* Thomas, 3 Thomas, 4 Captain John, 5 Oliver, 5 
who married Oakes Angier of Cambridge, Massachusetts ; Oakes, 7 
who married Eveline Oville, daughter of Joshua Gilmore ; Oakes 
Angier. 8 

After obtaining the education provided in the public schools of 
his native town, Mr. Ames attended the Fruit Hill Academy, near 
Providence, Rhode Inland, and the Academy at Leicester, Massa- 
chusetts. At the age of eighteen he entered the Ames shovel works, 
laboring several months in each department, till he had fully mas- 
tered the business, so that when older members of the family re- 


tired, he was able to join his brother in charge of the business in 
186*0, and in 1873 became sole superintendent. At the re-organ- 
ization of the firm in 1876, he was appointed one of the directors, 
and president the year following. From this time till his death he 
held the entire management of the mills. His perfect knowledge of 
details, his sound judgment and unwavering integrity, gave him 
special fitness for the position. He devoted himself wholly to the 
business, resisting every temptation to enter political contests or to 
embarrass himself with other enterprises, however promising. Like 
all successful men, he had an eye single to the one business of his 
life. He was sought for many responsible positions, and accepted 
such as did not interfere with his higher trust at home. He was 
president of the savings bank in his own town, a director in the Lin- 
coln National Bank of Boston, president of the Ames Security Reg- 
ister Company, vice-president of the Easton National Bank, trustee 
of the State Lunatic Asylum at Taunton, a director of the American 
Loan and Trust Company and of the United Electric Securities 
Company. He was a broad-minded, public-spirited man, sharing 
with his brother and other members of the firm in generous gifts to 
the town, notably, a school house at North Easton, a fine town 
hall as a memorial of his father, and a village cemetery of about 
nine acres. 

July 19, 1855, Mr. Ames married Catharine, daughter of Hon- 
orable Aaron and Maria (Leach) Hobart of East Bridgewater, and 
had four children : Maria Hobart married Dr. R. H. Harte of Phila- 
delphia ; Hobart married Julia Colony of Keenc, New Hampshire, 
and is engaged in the business at North Easton ; Winthrop grad- 
uated at Harvard in class of '95, and is on the staff of the American 
Architect\ and Catharine; all of whom, with the widow, survive 
him. In politics Mr. Ames was a Republican, and for many years 
Chairman of the Republican Town Committee. He was a decided 
temperance man in both principle and practice, and generous in 
helping the cause. In religion he was a Unitarian, a constant at- 
tendant upon Sabbath worship, chairman of his Church Committee, 
and one of the society trustees. None knew him more intimately 
than his pastor, from whose testimony the estimate of his character, 
here presented, is substantially taken. 

In person he was a man of dignified and noble presence, combined 
with genial cordiality toward all. Entirely free from pride of 
wealth or station, he never looked down upon the poorest laborer, but 
tried to judge all men only by their real worth, without regard to 
external conditions. Independent in thought and action himself, 
he freely conceded the same independence to others. Strong in 
character, even-tempered and self-controlled, those who knew him 
well were impressed with the justice, moderation and charity of his 
personal judgments. None ever heard him speak harshly or un- 


kindly of others. His cautious and conservative nature led him to 
distrust extreme and sweeping statements, and his quiet question, 
"How do you knoic that?" often pricked the bubbles of dogmatic 
conceit and emotional exaggeration. Personal intercourse with him 
was exceedingly pleasant, tor with him discussion could not degen- 
erate into heated controversy, and whatever the topic of conversa- 
tion, whether national or local affairs, the weather or the scenery of 
nature, the incidents of a day's journey or the common blessings of 
home life, he showed a lively interest in all. 

Mr. Ames was a man of unusual courage and power of patient 
endurance. His last years were subject to attacks of severe pain 
and the conscious peril of instant death. But with cheerful bravery 
he made light of his illness, and continued diligent in business long 
after most men would have succumbed to hopeless invalidism. 
When, in the early morn of September 19, 1899, he passed away 
after a brief attack of heart disease, the blow brought not onlv 
deep grief to his many personal friends, but a most serious loss to 
the community, by whom he was esteemed and beloved for the 
manly strength and simplicity of his character, his kindness of heart, 
and the purity and uprightness of his life. The lives of few men 
better illustrate the poet's words — 

" Only the actions of the just 
Smell sweet and blossom in the dust.'* 

By the Rev. Silvaxus Haytv-led, A.M. 

Elbrldge Gerry Allex of Boston, a resident member, eLected 
1894, died in Xew York City, September 25, 1899. He was born 
in Sweden, Maine, May 14, 1850. His parents were Charles and 
Harriet Kennard Allen. Mr, Allen was a self-made man. He be- 
gan railroad work at an early age, starting on a gravel train at fifteen. 
From that work he became section foreman on a small railroad in 
Maine, being only seventeen years of age at the time. He worked 
hard, and soon decided to go "West. This was in 1867 or 1868- 
He engaged himself as baggage master, spare conductor, and in 
other capacities on a railroad in Michigan, and returned in a few 
years after to Boston. In 1880 he was division superintendent on 
the Xew York and Xew England road. In 1884 the Vanderbilts 
«made him an offer to take the position of division superintendent on 
the Xew York Central. He remained with that road until he ac- 
cepted a position on the Old Colony. He was superintendent of 
this road until 1898, when he resigned. 

He left a widow, Mrs. Flora E. Allen, to whom he was married, 
January 25, 1899, and a son, Elbridge G. Allen, Jr., by a former 
By William R. Cctthe, Esq. * 



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MEMOIRS, cxliii 

Edward Fraxklin Everett, the older of the two eons of Oliver 
Capen Everett and Betsey Williams Weld, was born in Xorthfield, 
Massachusetts, May 28, IS 40. He was a direct descendant, on his 
father's side, of Richard Everett, who came to this country from 
England in 1634 ; and, on his mother's side, of William Pynchon, 
the founder of Springfield, Massachusetts. William Pynchon bought 
the land from the Indians, and on the deed transferring it, dated 
July 15, 1636, Richard Everett appears as one of the witnesses. 
Edward F. Everett's lather, Rev. Oliver Capen Everett, graduated 
from Harvard in 1832, and from the Divinity School in 1836. 
He first settled as minister in Xorthfield, Massachusetts, and in 
184:9 accepted a call, as minister-at-large, to Charlestown, where 
he remained until 1860. 

Edward F. Everett graduated from the Charlestown High School, 
and then entered Harvard College, graduating in 1860. At the 
close of his college course, he entered the army, enlisting for nine 
months in the Charlestown City Guards, with rank as sergeant. 
He re-enlisted as second lieutenant in the Second Mass. Heavy Ar- 
tillery, and served until the end of the war. Since that time he 
was engaged in the insurance business in Boston. He lived for the 
past twenty-eight years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he 
died, September 26, 1890. He was twice married. His first wife 
was Letitia Buchanan of Philadelphia, daughter of Gen. Buchanan 
ofBellefont, Pennsylvania. In 1870 he married Mrs. Sarah J. 
Parker, widow of Capt. Samuel Parker, of Ogdensburg, Xew York. 
There were no children by either marriage. 

Mr. Everett was a life member of the Xew-England Historic 
Genealogical Society, elected in 1850, and was intensely interested 
in everything pertaining to genealogy. He was engaged for many 
years on what he regarded as his life work, ft The History f.~ ] 
Genealogy of the Everett Family." It would have been finished . 
a few months had he been permitted to live. His work on tin 
Capen family also was nearly complete. In addition to these, he 
WTote for the July number of the Genealogical Magazine a "Gene- 
alogy of the Fuller Family of Ipswich, Mass," and for Burt's His- 
tory of Springfield an article on William Pynchon and Richard 
Everett, giving the names of all the college graduates in this country 
by the name of Everett. He belonged to many other organizations, 
the chief of which are the "Loyal Legion "and the Edward W. 
Kinsley Grand Army Post 113. He was also Past Master of the 
Henry Price Masonic Lodge of Charlestown. He led a very active 
life, with many and varied interests. He was cheerful and happy 
in disposition, open-handed and generous. He has left as a precious 
legacy to his family and friends the name of an honest and true- 
hearted man. 



Perkins Bass, A.B., who died October 9, 1899, at his country 
home in Peterboro, Xew Hampshire, was born in W llliamstown, 
Vermont, April 30, 1827. Being the oldest of a large family of 
children he helped his father carry on the farm, and in winter atten- 
ded the short term of the district school. After much family dis- 
cussion, and despite the opposition of many relatives, he, at the age of 
eighteen, gained his father's consent to leave the farm in order to get 
an education and become a lawyer. Entering Dartmouth College in 
1848 he graduated in 1852. During his vacations and in the winter 
terms he taught school or worked on a farm to help pay his ex- 
penses. After graduating he divided his time for several years 
between the study of law and teaching school, to pay debts incurred 
in obtaining his education. 

In the autumn of 1854 Air. Bass started for Chicago. He arrived 
in that city knowing no one and with his funds almost exhausted. 
From such a beginning he gradually built up a large and lucrative 
law business, in which he continued until 1873, when forced by 
failing health to retire from active practice. He was one of the 
early men whose great energy, untiring efforts and enormous force of 
character made the history of Chicago possible. He was an in- 
fluential figure in the history of the city, and his advice was con- 
stantly sought in various enterprises to promote its growth and wel- 
fare. He was always interested in educational matters. For many 
years he was a member of both State and City Boards of Education ; 
and through his influence measures were passed in the Illinois Legis- 
lature for more advanced educational facilities. In recognition of 
his services one of the largest schools in Chicago is named for him. 

Mr. Bass possessed two characteristics which gave him much 
influence over men, personal magnetism and a thorough knowledge 
ln \f human nature. To these traits, to his sound judgment, to his in- 
/ ^domitable will, and to his sturdy character derived from a long line 
'•<d of New England ancestry on both sides, he owed his success and the 
esteem of the men among whom he lived. To his friends he was 
! known as a big hearted man of strong sympathies. Throughout his 

life he enjoyed helping others, but, always undemonstrative and un- 
pretentious, it was by accident that his acts of kindness became 
known. As a lawyer and man of business he acquired a reputation 
for honesty, thoroughness and foresight in preparing for every 
possible contingency. His success at the bar brought him in close 
contact with the leading lawyers of the State. Among these men he 
came to know Abraham Lincoln. At the time of Lincoln's nomin- 
ation for a second term, he sent to Mr. Bass, asking him to look niter 
the campaign in Illinois. So well pleased was President Lincoln 
with Air. Bass's management that, entirely unsolicited, he appointed 
him U. S. District Attorney for Northern Illinois. 

From 1882 Mr. Bass lived with Ids family in {he East in order to 

MEMOIRS, cxlv 

be with his children while they acquired their education. His home 
was iu .Boston and on his farm in Peterboro. He was twice married ; 
first, in 1856, to Maria L. Patrick of Chicago, who died two years 
later; second, in October, 1861, to Clara Foster, daughter of John 
H. Foster of the same city. Three children were born of this union, 
all of whom are living: Gertrude B. Fiske of Chicago, John F. and 
Robert P. Mr. Bass's descent on his father's side from the Xew 
England immigrant is as follows : Perkins, 5 Joel, Jr., 7 Joel, 6 Cap- 
tain Ebenezer, 3 Henry, 4 John, 3 Thomas, 2 Deacon Samuel. 1 Mr. 
Bass became a life member of the Historic Genealogical Society in 

Bj Robert Perkins Bass. 

John Codmax Rope?, A.B., LL.B., LL.D., forty years a 
member of this Society, died at his residence, 99 Mount Vernon 
Street, Boston, October 27, 1899, aged 63. He was the son of 
"William and Mary Anne (Codman) Ropes, and was born April 2$, 
1836, at St. Petersburg, where his father was engaged in business. 
He was fit!.ed for college at Chauncy Hall School and joined the class 
of '57 at Harvard, where he soon gained distinction for original and 
earnest thought, warm sympathies and hearty fellowship. He joined 
the Alpha Delta Phi and the Hasty Pudding Club ; and although 
physically incapacitated from engaging in the ordinary sports he 
took a keen interest in them, especially in the regattas. He received 
a graduate prize for an essay upon The Limits of Religious 
Thought. In 1859 he accompanied his father to England and 
Russia. On his return he studied at the Harvard Law School and 
was admitted to the bar in 1861, and afterward headed the firm of 
Ropes, Gray and Loring. xVlthough he could not go to the war, Mr. 
Ropes took the greatest interest in those who went, among whom 
was his brother Henry (II. C. r iy2), 1st Lieut, in the 20th .Massa- 
chusetts Volunteers, who was killed at Gettysburg. During the 
exciting campaigns that followed, he made a critical study of every 
movement and eagerly discussed the situation with his friends, not 
knowing that he was thus preparing for the elaborate literary 
achievements of his later years. 

From boyhood Mr. Ropes was an admirer of Xapoleon ; and his 
frequent visits to the European battlefields and libraries gave him 
'special opportunities for obtaining that full and exact information 
'which characterized his Lowell lectures on " The First Xapoleon," 
goon after published in a volume. He wrote "The Army under 
Pope," in the campaign series of the Civil War, and published 
numerous articles in Scribner's and the Atlantic : e.g., "The Like- 
nesses of Julius Caesar," "Who Lost Waterloo'?" "The Campaign of 
Waterloo," "Some Illustrations of Xapoleon and his Times," 
"General McClellan," "The Battle of Gettysburg," "The War as 


we Sec it Now," "General Sherman/' etc. Also brief memoirs of 
his friends Palfrey, Devens and Gray for the Proceedings of the 
Massachusetts Historical Society. His last work was f ' The Story of 
the Civil War," two volumes of which have appeared ; others were 
contemplated but left unfinished. 

Mr. Popes was associated with the Republican party, was an 
overseer of Harvard College, vice-president of the Union Club, 
fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of 
various historical societies, and the founder of the Military Historical 
Society of Massachusetts. President Hayes appointed him on the 
board of visitors to the U. S. Military Academy at West Point. He 
was the first president of the first Civil Service Reform Club in 
Massachusetts. He enjoyed the rare distinction of being made a 
companion of the Loyal Legion of the IT. S., besides being an honor- 
ary member of the U. S. Cavalry Association, and a fellow of the 
Royal Historical Society of London. Some of the characteristics 
of this remarkable man, with a fuller account of his life, will appear 
in the next volume of the RegistePw. 
By the Iter. Edward G. Poster, A.M. 

Thomas Leightox Jexxs, M.D., was born May 22, 1830, in 
Conway, New Hampshire, the son of David and Deborah (Leigh- 
ton) Jenks. The public schools gave him his early educational 
training. Coming to Boston in 1845, he became clerk in a drug 
store. In 1817 he entered the navv as hospital steward on board 
the United States frigate " United States." When he returned to 
Boston in 1819 he entered the drug business on Merrimac street. A 
few years later he took a full course at the Harvard Medical School, 
graduating in 1851. By close attention to business he built up a 
large practice and thus laid the foundation of his future success. He 
took a deep interest in the public affairs of the city. He was a 
member of the Boston Common Council in 18G8, 18G9 and 1872. 
He 'was a member of the legislature in 1870 and 1876. Subse- 
quently he was elected trustee of the City Hospital for five years, 
and a ferry director for six years, during two of which he served as 
president of the board. He was chairman of the Board of Police 
Commissioners from 1882 to 1885. He was appointed a commis- 
sioner of Public Institutions by Mayor Hart in 1889 and resigned 
in 1893. He was president of the College of Pharmacy, also ot the 
Boston Druggists' Association, of which he was the founder and in 
which he took a deep interest. At the time of his decease he was 
president of the North End Savings Bank. He was elected a mem- 
ber of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society in 1898. 

After his retirement from public life, he devoted much of his time 
to large business interests, especially the bank, and the various es- 
tates of which he was trustee. His interest in municipal affairs re- 


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niained unabated, and frequently his opinions on matters of impor- 
tance were sought and freely given. As a club man he was very 
popular, being closely identiiied with the Boston Club and the 
American Pharmaceutical Association, and a member of the Algon- 
quin and Xew Hampshire Clubs and of the Universalist Associa- 
tion. His wide knowledge, gathered from extensive reading, and 
his varied experience made him an interesting conversationalist. He 
was a great reader and had a very retentive memory. He possessed 
a well-selected library, composed largely of historical and biographi- 
cal works, although he took keen interest in scientific, sociological 
| and theological matters. He enjoyed the friendship of many public 

men, chiefly those whom he met in banking circles and professional 
life. He was always ready to respond to any reasonable demand 
upon his time. He was a straightforward, honest man, and his loss 
; 7 . will be keenly felt. 

Dr. Jenks married in 1850, Lydia JI. Baker, who, with a daugh- 
ter, survives him. He died in Boston, October 31, 1899. 

• * By "Willloi T. Leggett. 

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William Pitt Brechin, M. D., was born in Cornwallis, Xova 

Scotia, March 11, 1851, and died in Boston, December 10, 1899. 
His father, Perez Martin Brechin, was born in Halifax, X. S., in 
1821, and his grandfather, James Brechin, in Halitax about 1796. 
His great grandfather, James Brechin, was born in Aberdeen, Scot- 
land, and died in Halifax about 1796. Dr. Brechin's mother was a 
Miss Harrington, and through her he was widely and honorably 
connected in Xova Scotia and X'ew England. He married twice in 
Massachusetts: first, December 25, 1884, Alice F. Edmonds, who 
died in 1894 ; second, October 30, 1894, Bertha H. Hall, who sur- 
vives him. He had no children by either marriage. In private life 
and in his practice he was more than commonly charitable, sympa- 
thetic and kind, and there are many besides his immediate relatives 
| to inoum his comparatively early and very sudden death. To the 

I poor he gave his services freely, without thought of recompense, 

and his heart was always open to those in distress. 
f Dr. Brechin's early education was received at the Upper Canard 

I School in his native town, and at the age of seventeen he began the 

study of medicine. In 1872, after two full courses and one special 
course, the whole occupying three years, he graduated with honor 
at the Harvard Medical School. The next year he spent in study 
abroad, and he then settled in Boston, where he practiced his pro- 
fession till the time of his death. His practice was wide and emi- 
nently successful, and, besides the regular duties of his profession, 
he was examiner for six or seven insurance companies, and was 
often in court as an expert. 

It is as a careful student of genealogy, however, that Dr. Brechin 


will be best remembered by many. For, perhaps, twenty year!* he 
has been gathering and publishing in loeal newspapers tacts of in- 
terest, chiefly concerning families that, in 1760, migrated from New 
England to 2s ova Scotia, and settled on the lands of the exiled Aea- 
dians. In the field of genealogy there have been few more diligent 
explorers than he, and his library contains a mass of published ami 
unpublished notes that must in time be of great use to others who 
shall succeed to the work that he has laid down. One great service 
he has done the cause of local history is the faithful transcription of 
the valuable town books of the three townships that compose hi- 
native county. He is also the author of several published medical 

Dr. Brechin was a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, 
the American Medical Association, the Boston Medical Association 
and the New-England Historic Genealogical Society, to which he 
■was elected in l^'JO. From 1872 to 1874 he was assistant surgeon 
at the Massachusetts Charitable Eye and Ear Infirmary. He was 
prominent in Masonic circles, being a member of De Molay coin- 
mandery, Knights Templar, the Massachusetts Consistory, Boston 
lodge of Odd Fellows, Boston encampment, Shawmut canton, St. 
Paul's Royal Arch chapter and the Grand Royal Arch chapter of 
Massachusetts. He had been grand representative of the grand 
Royal Arch chapter of Nebraska to the grand chapter of Massachu- 
setts* and was at the time of his death junior grand warden of Mt. 
•Olivet chapter of Rose Croix, Ancient Accepted Scottisli Rite, of 
the northern Masonic jurisdiction. 
By the Rev. Arthur W. II. Eaton, A.B. 

Mary Stiles (Paul) Gold, one of the first forty women who 
availed themselves of the newly granted privilege, in 1898, of he- 
coming members of the Xew-England Historic Genealogical Society, 
was the daughter of Bela and Mary (Briggs) Paul, and was born 
January 20, 1830, at Hanover, Xcw Hampshire. In 1831 the 
family removed to Woodstock Green, Vermont, and in 18-10 to 
Barnard, Vermont, where, in May, 1841, the mother died. Up to 
this time Mary had attended school constantly ; but the mother's 
death and the father's ill-health, of necessity, broke up the family, 
and the two younger children, Mary and her brother Henry, were 
"put out" to earn their board. During the next four years she re- 
ceived more or less schooling, but in the fall of 1845 began to make her 
own living by working in a cotton mill at Lowell, Massachusetts. 
After three years of this she went to a private school at Claremont, > c»* 
Hampshire, for three terms ; and having found factory life too hud 
and confining, she learned the trade of a vest-maker; but, sitter 
Bcvcrul years, was obliged, on account of failing health, to give up 
.ltugether. In the spring of 1854 she was induced to join 


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gome friends who were about to try the experiment of living at the 
North American Phalanx, a then prosperous joint-stock association, 
at .Monmouth, Xew Jersey. Miss Paul was in full sympathy with 
the objects of this association, which peculiarly adapted themselves to 
the needs of her nature ; and she was deeply grieved at its dissolution 
in October, 1855, after a successful existence of over thirteen years. 
She always looked back to the eighteen months spent at the 
"X. A. P." as " one of the most delightful periods" of her life. 
Returning to her Xew England home, she was, on the 7th of 
October, 1857, married at Lowell to Mr. Isaac Orr Guild, of Lynn, 
Massachusetts, with whose family in Lowell she had been acquainted 
since her fifteenth year. Mr. Guild, who survives her, was a manu- 
facturer of monuments and gravestones at Lvnn, where they resided 
until 1893, when they removed to ^orth Cambridge. 

Mrs. Guild possessed a warm and affectionate nature, and was 
ever true to the highest ideals of wife and motherhood. Her tastes 


were eminently refined and literary, and while not an aspirant for 
literary fame she employed much of her time for many years in writ- 
ing, the only occupation of time and mind which her health per- 
mitted. From one of her Briggs ancestors she inherited a decidedly 
artistic gift, shown by her work in crayon portraiture; and this 
strain of heredity is still more pronounced in her two surviving sons, 
IrvingTracy Guild, editor and publisher of ihe Architectural JRevieio, 
of Boston : and Sydney Paul Guild, artist in stained glass in Boston. 
Her love of Mowers was a passion. She was a keen, though self- 
taught botanist. Xo green thing, or weed of the fields was unknown 
to her. She knew them by their scientific names, and by their 
common "folk" names; and was as well acquainted with their 
habits and characteristics, needs and " freaks " as with those of her 
own children. 

While naturally of a retiring nature, Mrs. Guild's strong sense of 
justice, and her interest in all forms of human progress, led her to be- 
come the advocate of many of the reforms of the day, even when such 
reforms involved a measure of reproach. Thus, she was r.L. aboli- 
tionist, a believer in Theodore Parker and his doctrines, a firm advo- 
cate of the equality of the sexes, of ''woman suffrage " and of the 
"single-tax." Yet, firm as she was in all her convictions, and 
always ready to defend them, she was never obtrusive or arrogant. 
e< Under the quietness of her manner there was a tremendous mental 
j | * energy and will-power, which invariably carried her through any 
undertaking which she attempted, and in spite of all obstacles/' 

Xotably was this so in her genealogical work, always prosecuted 
under adverse circumstances, .particularly that of ever-present and 
constantly increasing physical suffering. Her genealogical studies 
seem to have been commenced originally as a mental recreation, and 
many years ago she had traced her own descent from the following 
















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early emigrants to this country, viz. : In the maternal line, Reginald 
Foster, Geo. Blake. Robert Eames, Robert Stiles, John Frye, John 
Burbank, William Ilartwell, Ralph Houghton, Thos. Wilder, Rich. 
Sanger, Rich. Cutter, Robert Reynolds and Rich. Briggs : in the 
paternal line from John Richmond, William Paul, John French, 
John Andrews, Edmund Jackson, Win. Strobridge, Sarah Mont- 
gomery. When, therefore, in 1882, she commenced upon her most 
important work, The Massachusetts Families of Stiles, of Robert 
of Rowley, and William of Dover, Xew Hampshire (pub. 1892), 
she must have acquired a very considerable acquaintance with genea- 
logical work. She also prepared the Strobridge and Strawbridge 
genealogies, and one of a branch of the [Morrison family (pub. 
1891). Her interest in historical and genealogical matters was still 
further evinced by her membership in the Old Colony Historical 
and the Essex Historical Societies. She was also a member of the 
Lynn Woman's Club, from its formation in 1879 ; and of the Lynn 
Woman's Suffrage Club. 

Mrs. Guild died at Xorth Cambridge, Massachusetts, December 
12, 1899. Blessed be her memory ! 
Bj- He-vry K. Stiles, A.M., MJD. 











Allen, Elbridge Gerry . . . cxlii 

Ames, Frank Morton . . . xciii 

Ames, Oakes Angler . . . cxl 

Bailey, William Wallace . . exxiv 

Balch, Francis Verguies . . lxviii 

Barrett, Edward Shepard . cxi 

Bass, Perkins . . - . . . cxliv 

Bayley, Angnstns Ramsay . cxvii 

Bradbnry, Horace Denisou . xci 

Brechin, William Pitt . . cxlvii 

Brown, Haydn cxv 

Bnsb, Solon Wanton . . . Ixxv 

Chase, Dudley Taopau . . cxlv 

Child, Addison lxv 

Clark, George Fabcr . . . exxxii 

Clarke, Henry Martyn . . cix 

Clarke, Robert . . . . - . exxxvii 

Cothren, William .... lxxiii 
Crollalanza, Giovanni 

Battista di li 

Cummings, John .... cxii 

Davenport, Amzi Benedict . lvi 

Davenport, Henry .... lxvi 

Denison, John Newton . . cvii 

Densmore, Lyman Willard . xc 

Douglas, Benjamin . . . lv 

Draper, Lyman Copeland . xlix 

Endicott, George Munroe . cvi 

Everett, Edward Franklin . cxliii 

Field, Wal bridge Abner . . exxvii 

Fisher, Warren lxi 

Forbes, John Murray . . ' . xcviii 

Gay, Erastus Emmons . . lxii 
Greenough, William Whitwell exxv 

Gladstone, William Ewart . lxxxiv 

Guild, Mary Stiles Paul . . cxlviii 

Haines, Andrew Mack . . cii 

Hamlin, Hannibal .... xlviii 

Harmau, Samuel Bickerton . 1 

nawley, Elias Sill .... exxix 

Hazard, Rowland .... xci 

Hewins, Charles Amasa . . ciii 

Hill, Edward Judkins . . . lxii 

Hills, William Smith . . . 


Howell. George Rogers . . 


Jeuks, Thomas Leighton . . 


Johnson, Samuel .... 


Jones, Charles Colcock . . 


King, Franklin 


Lee, Henry 


Lincoln, Frederic Walker . 


Lyman, Elihu Oliver . . . 


McAllister, John Allister 


Mendum, Willis Barnabee . 


Oliver, Andrew 


Payeu-Payne, James Bertranc 


Perry, William Stevens . . 


Peters, William Cowper . . 


Phelps, Frauklm Stiles . . 


Phillips, Henry 

Rice, Henry Augustus . . 
Richardson, Frederic Lord . 




Ropes, John Codman . . . 
Scharf, John Thomas . . . 


Sears, Philip Howes . . . 


Smith, Benjamin Greene . . 


Smith, George Plumer . . 


Smith, Joseph Heber . . . 
Smyth, Frederick .... 
Stedman, Daniel Baxter . . 

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cxviii — 

Thayer, David 


Thayer, William Makepoi^c 


Thompson, Leonid . . . 
Thomson, George Newton . 


Yeazey, Wheelock Graves . 


Vose, Peter Ebenezer . . . 


Weston. Byron 


White, George 


Whitman, Charles Bnrnham 


Whittier, Charles .... 


Wildes, George Dudley . . 


Williams, Edward Henry 
Wood, Isaac Francis . . . 


Woodbury, Charles Levi . . 


Worthington, Roland . . .